Centre for International Security

Non-strategic nuclear weapons and the future of NATO’s deterrence strategy

Funded by the Stanton Foundation, the project aims to map the contemporary academic and political debate on the future of nuclear sharing and the role of non-strategic nuclear weapons in NATO’s nuclear posture. It is especially concerned with the European dimensions to these topics. While there exists an extensive body of research from US based academics and analysts, the European perspective is largely absent. As a way forward, the project focuses on advancing research, outreach and teaching in the field of nuclear security policy.

Guiding research questions are: What are the various European perspectives on the (perceived) political and military use of non-strategic nuclear weapons? How do diverging perspectives affect both the nuclear posture and the political cohesion of NATO? How do these differences affect deterrence? What is the likely impact of various proposals to update NATO’s nuclear deterrence on Euro-Atlantic security?


The Stanton Foundation

Project goals

  • Mapping the contemporary academic and political debate on non-strategic nuclear weapons in NATO’s deterrence posture
  • Devising specific policy options for NATO members
  • Creating a European network of promising nuclear security scholars
  • Informing the public debate about nuclear weapons in Germany
  • Adding a European perspective to the nuclear weapons policy discussion


Breakfast discussion ‘The Future of Nuclear Deterrence in Europe’ co-hosted with the Munich Security Conference

15 February 2019, Munich Security Conference, Munich

Workshop: Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons and the Future of NATO’s Deterrence Strategy

14-15 March 2019, Hertie School, Berlin

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Faculty and researchers

  • Julian Wucherpfennig, Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Security

  • Tobias Bunde, Postdoctoral Reseacher at the Centre for International Security Policy

  • Alexander Sorg, Research Associate