“Euro-Atlantic Concerns regarding a US “Sole Purpose” Policy”, Alexander Mattelaer (Egmont, Belgium)

The Belgian position on nuclear policy questions is generally framed as a dual track approach combining credible deterrence with the pursuit of détente. This harks back to the Harmel report named after Belgian Foreign Minister Pierre Harmel, which accompanied the “flexible response” strategy enshrined in NATO’s 1968 Strategic Concept MC 14/3. Belgium’s approach relies on its contribution to NATO’s nuclear deterrence as a nation fielding Dual Capable Aircraft as well as its strong support for arms control.

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