chapter  3
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Adapting Nuclear Strategies in Europe

The primary purpose of nuclear weapons is to enhance security. Since the end of the Cold War, several strategic rationales for their continued presence in Europe have been put forward: they contribute to making major war unthinkable; they help to prevent the possible use of WMD against European interests; and they limit conventional arms races. Nuclear weapons may also help in moderating possible future tensions between Russia and its former Warsaw Pact neighbours and, perhaps, assist in discouraging Russia from using nuclear weapons in conflicts outside Europe.