A Post-Nuclear Euro-Atlantic Security Order

Twenty years after the Cold War, the two largest powers in the Euro-Atlantic region – the US and Russia – each still possesses thousands of nuclear weapons. A stronger security order requires the reduction, and eventual elimination, of these relics of a bygone era.

WASHINGTON, DC – As we enter 2011, the Euro-Atlantic region is a study in strategic contrasts. Over the past 20 years, no geo-political space has undergone as dramatic a transformation as that between the Atlantic and the Urals. In our lifetimes, we have seen a welcome change from the darkest days of the Cold War, when a devastating conventional and nuclear war in Europe was a real possibility, to a new era in which no state faces this type of existential threat.