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The recent NATO Summit in Madrid focused on countering Russia's threats involving weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) like nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as cyber attacks. NATO reaffirmed its role as a nuclear alliance and emphasized a strategy combining nuclear, conventional, and missile defense capabilities, along with space and cyber defenses.

NATO aims to prevent nuclear use and enhance readiness against chemical and biological threats while supporting efforts for global nuclear disarmament under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. International efforts through NATO, the EU, and the UN are addressing nuclear proliferation and strengthening arms control agreements.

With over 12,700 usable nuclear weapons worldwide, there is a push to reduce nuclear risks and promote policies where countries pledge not to use nuclear weapons first. It's crucial to build stronger global cooperation and transparent diplomacy to maintain peace and security in a complex world.


First published in The Hill Times, Canada' foremost foreign and defense policy magazine.

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