Is an Independent European Nuclear Deterrent a Real Possibility.
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European security appears to be at a crossroads in terms of the direction that the major states of Europe will take during the next decade to insure their continued freedom, growth, and prosperity. Should they trust in the continuance of the spirit of detente and reduce their defense structure or should they strengthen their forces and undertake some form of integrated nuclear defense to offset the possible reduction of US forces and possible loss of the American nuclear umbrella believed by many to be coming. Although concern over the credibility of the American commitment and resolve to defend Western Europe, over the impact on European security of military agreements between the United States and the Soviet Union, over the possibility of future nuclear proliferation, and over the future world role of Western Europe all have a positive influence on the formation of an independent European nuclear deterrent it is concluded that such will not occur within the next decade. Rather under detente the major states of Europe will continue to foster expanded political and economic contacts with the Soviet Union while at the same time reducing their overall defense posture. The possibility of the states of Western Europe moving toward a nonaligned Big Sweden status within the next decade is quite distinct. Author
- Government and Political Science
- Nuclear Warfare