Non-strategic nuclear weapons a focus at Warsaw talks

Hans M. Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, attended a conference in early February in Warsaw, Poland, on non-strategic nuclear weapons.

The goal of the conference was to attempt to identify options for how NATO and Russia might start to discuss confidence-building measures and eventual limitations on non-strategic nuclear arms. The U.S. and NATO want to include non-strategic nuclear weapons in the arms control agenda. Such weapons continue to elude verification and limitations.

Eight working papers formed the basis for the conference. Kristensen wrote one of the papers.

"My paper, which focused on identifying common definitions for categories of non-strategic nuclear weapons, recommended starting with air-delivered weapons as the only compatible category for negotiations on U.S-Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons," Kristensen said.

Kristensen's paper was made possible by a grant from the Ploughshares fund.

Organizers of the conference included the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies. The event received support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the U.S. State Department.

The U.S. and NATO sent high-level government representation while Russia and NATO countries sent non-governmental experts from the academic and think-tank communities. Russia's government did not send participants to the conference.