The nuclear doctrines and strategies of the nuclear weapons states remain mired in Cold War thinking and are based on a deterrence principle that is obsolete in the atmosphere of the declared partnership between Russia and the West. The provisions of these nuclear doctrines and strategies cannot provide an effective defense against modern threats and challenges, particularly, terrorism and the proliferation of WMD. In the face of these threats, a new level of cooperation between states is needed. This will be impossible to achieve without a broad and public cooperative discussion and at meeting of the minds among politicians and experts of the concerned countries concerning threat perceptions and the adequacy of nuclear strategies in the context of modern geopolitical realities.
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