Conventional Arms Control in Europe

Structural problems of a fresh start - PRIF Report by Hans-Joachim Schmidt

A Eurofighter of the German Armed Forces on an air-to-air mission (Photo: Bundeswehr/ Bicker, flickr, https://bit.ly/2IZ3Cxi)

A Eurofighter of the German Armed Forces on an air-to-air mission (Photo: Bundeswehr/ Bicker, flickr, https://bit.ly/2IZ3Cxi)

With the illegal Rus­sian annexation of the Ukrain­ian pe­nin­sula of Cri­mea and the de­stab­ili­sation of east­ern Uk­raine in 2014, the pre­vious co­op­erative Euro­pean se­curity order has bro­ken down. This has led to a new con­front­ation with Russia, and the danger of a re­newed arms race between NATO and Russia is in­creasing. In parallel, the existing con­vention­al arms control regimes are at risk of further de­terioriation.

In PRIF Report No. 151 "A Fresh Start of Con­vent­ional Arms Control in Europe Will Face Many Struc­tural Problems" Hans-Joachim Schmidt ad­dres­ses the various structural prob­lems at the political and military level and dis­cusses what steps could be under­taken in the short, medium and long term.

Download (pdf, 340kb): Schmidt, Hans-Joachim (2018): A Fresh Start of Convent­ional Arms Control in Europe Will Face Many Struc­tural Problems, PRIF Report No. 151, Frankfurt/M.