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Two concepts of nuclear sharing

January 24, 2018
By The Strategist

Suddenly and unexpectedly, a small but intense debate has ignited in Australia over an unlikely topic—the wisdom of acquiring an indigenous nuclear weapons arsenal. (Some of the contributions to that debate can be found here, here, here, here, here and here.) One of the more novel contributions was made in a recent post on the Lowy Institute’s blog, The Interpreter. The author, Peter Layton, suggested that Australia ought to consider the merits of ‘nuclear sharing’, either by deliberately strengthening its extended nuclear deterrence arrangements with the US or—more audaciously—by buying its way into a share of the British nuclear arsenal.
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