Trilateral Dialogue on Nuclear Issues
CSIS European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues
On February 9, 2017, CSIS released the consensus statement for the 2016 round of the European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues. Read the complete statement, “CSIS European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues: 2016 Consensus Statement,” here.
Background on the Dialogues
Though the United States, United Kingdom, and France often meet bilaterally with one another, they rarely meet in a trilateral forum – either officially or unofficially – to discuss nuclear issues. In 2009, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) established the European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues to promote trilateral understanding and cohesion on nuclear issues, enhance scholarship on the emerging challenges these long-critical allies face, and provide insight to policymakers, experts, and the public about the evolving nature and future of the American, British, and French (P3) security partnership. The potential of such cooperation has, in the past year, taken on additional importance as the global nuclear landscape shapes up to be more complex than it has been in some time and presents novel challenges for NATO in general and the P3 in particular.
In 2016, the CSIS European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues, in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), once again brought together high-level “Track 2” nuclear experts from the three countries for meetings in London and Washington, D.C. This year’s dialogue explored pressing nuclear issues within the Euro-Atlantic security environment, and produced a statement reflecting the consensus views of the undersigned. The statement addresses: Russia and the security of the NATO area, Iran and the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), P3 cooperation on nuclear policy, Asia, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and the proposed United Nations treaty ban on nuclear weapons.
The meetings are co-chaired by CSIS Senior Adviser Rebecca Hersman and Non-Resident Senior Adviser Franklin Miller. Shanelle Van, Research Assistant, provides general support to the project.
This publication results from research sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD, with funding from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, under Assistance Grant/Agreement No. N00244-16-1-0044 awarded by the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego. The views expressed here are those of the author(s) alone and do not represent the official policies of the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Department of Defense.Photo credit: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images