Food for Thought: "Preventing Nuclear Conflict in Europe"

"The United States, Russia, and Europe can and must cooperate on areas of vital common interest," argues Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed co-authored with Des Browne, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn for Project Syndicate.

Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative Sam Nunn congratulates MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger upon receiving the Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security at the Munich Security Conference 2018. (Photo: MSC / Mueller)

In the Euro-Atlantic region today, the risks of a fateful error leading to nuclear conflict are compounded by heightened tensions between NATO and Russia – and little communication between military and political leaders. In the absence of some positive initiative, we will continue to drift toward danger.

When leaders from across the Euro-Atlantic region meet at the Munich Security Conference this week, the "win-lose" framework defining relations between Western countries and Russia will be entering its fifth year. The longer this continues, the tighter the resulting knot of distrust will become – and the greater the risk of the ultimate "lose-lose" scenario: a military conflict. We must work together to cut this knot, and now.

Read the full article on Project Syndicate.

15 February 2018, by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, Sam Nunn