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PONI Live Debate: The Role of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Responding to the Crisis in Crimea

May 19 – 20, 2014

“Resolved: In response to the Crimea crisis, the United States should reassess the strategic rationale for not placing NATO’s tactical nuclear weapons into Central and Eastern European states.”

Mr. Peter B. Doran, Director of Research, the Center for European Policy Analysis
Mr. Kingston Reif, Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is pleased to invite you to a live debate about U.S. and NATO nuclear strategy in Central and Eastern Europe.
In the NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997, NATO attested that it had “no intention, no plan and no reason” to locate nuclear weapons on the territory of Central and Eastern European states. But today, as tensions over the Crimea crisis continue to escalate, many have begun to call for a reexamination of this policy. Would the presence of tactical nuclear weapons provide stability and assurance to NATO’s Eastern European members, or would such a move spark more skirmishes with an antagonized Russia? Mr. Peter B. Doran, Director of Research at the Center for European Policy Analysis, and Mr. Kingston Reif, Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, will debate these questions at the next PONI Live Debate.
PONI’s ongoing live debate series aims to provide a forum for in-depth exploration of the arguments on both sides of key nuclear policy issues. Live debates provide a place for nuanced, interactive discussions that often get lost in the talking points. 
Please join us on May 19 for what promises to be an exciting debate on a crucial issue. The event will be held in on the Second Floor Hess Room of CSIS, located at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW. A reception will begin at 6pm, followed by the debate from 6:30pm-8pm. Sign up using the registration link on the right side of this page.
The debate will also be webcast live as a “webinar.” Viewers can ask questions of the debaters in real-time by emailing Tune into this website on May 19 for the livestream.