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.
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.