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2012 NATO Summit 

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On May 20-21, 2012, heads of state and governments of NATO member states will convene in Chicago for the 2012 summit to discuss regional and global security challenges. Key items on the summit agenda include a transition plan for NATO forces in Afghanistan after the end of combat in 2014, NATO's defense and security goals, and tactics to enhance NATO partnership with non-member states.

At the summit, member countries will approve the release of the Deterrence and Defense Posture Review (DDPR), which is NATO's review of its military posture. Non-strategic nuclear weapons are a large component of the DDPR, as the United States, Russia and NATO do not disclose how many non-strategic weapons they have or where they are deployed.

Want to learn more about the issues that will be discussed at the 2012 NATO Summit? Check out FAS's resources below:

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Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons

From Counterforce to Minimal Deterrence: A New Nuclear Policy on the Path Toward Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

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Nuclear Posture Review Hearing

Nuclear Posture Review Report (April 2010)

NATO's Posture Review and Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons

Toward True Security: A U.S. Nuclear Posture for the Next Decade

Policy and Force Structure Issues

CRS Reports

NATO's Chicago Summit  May 14, 2012

Afghanistan: Post- Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy  May 3, 2012

Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons February 14, 2012

 The United States and Europe: Current Issues February 28, 2012

"Surge Recovery" and Next Steps in the War in Afghanistan: In Brief January 6, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Weapons: Changes in Policy and Force Structure January 23, 2008

Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security: A Need for New Weapons Programs? September 15, 2003

NATO Enlargement May 5, 2003