#Article "European Nuclear Weapons. Zombie debates and nuclear realities"
After Brexit, France will be the only nuclear weapons possessing State in the European Union. In this context, it is important to assess the idea of European nuclear weapons and the French contribution to such europeanization.
Kjolv Egeland and Benoît Pelopidas do so in this new article out in open access:
The article assesses the case for European nuclear weapons in terms of security, strategic autonomy, futurity and good democratic governance and finds it faulty on all counts.
The authors provide the results of two large scale surveys of 9 European countries in 2018 and 2019.
They identify the zombie nature of this debate in which, since the 1950s, the idea of European nuclear weapons has never won the policy debate but never died either.
They explain this endless resurgence by three factors:
1) the internal contradictions of the case for Euro-nukes, which can be used as resources to revive it;
2) the reversification of fundamental categories of the nuclear conversation whose specialized meaning is the opposite of its ordinary meaning;
3) and the involvement of think tanks and governments who have an interest in mobilizing that idea for other debates.