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LMC 2021

Compesce Mentem (Horace): Control Your Temper – Is a New Arms Race Dawning?

Dr Eugene Rumer has suggested that new weapons systems—strategic, INF-range, cyber, space, anti-missile, artificial intelligence, and nuclear and conventional hypersonic weapons—may lead to a highly dangerous and destabilising arms race, increasing the risk of conflict.


Michał Baranowski

Managing Director of the German Marshall Fund East

Pekka Haavisto
Pekka Haavisto

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Robert Nurick

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Bruno Tetrais
Bruno Tertrais

Deputy Director, Foundation for Strategic Research


François Heisbourg

Senior Advisor, International Institute for Strategic Studies

  • What can be done to reduce this risk?
  • Is the instinct for self-preservation and a shared interest in avoiding the worst scenarios enough, or do we need new negotiations in new formats?
  • Who should they include—Russia, the EU, the US, China? As the US looks more towards the Asia-Pacific region, and a level of anti-nuclear sentiment in Europe persists, could US nuclear presence in Europe be decreased?
  • How would this impact NATO’s eastern flank countries?

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