This talk considers the changing roles of NATO's theatre weapons since the 1950s, disputes and options for the future of the Alliance's nuclear posture, and the wider theoretical questions of the value of nuclear weapons and their impact upon strategy and politics outside open conflict.
Paul Schulte is an Honorary Professor in the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at Birmingham University and Non-resident Senior Associate at in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and at Carnegie Europe. He is a SOAS Research Associate and also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College, University of London, and a member of the University of Birmingham Policy Commission on Remote Warfare. He is a frequent media commentator and a regular participant in the CSIS European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues. His research focuses on the future of deterrence, nuclear strategy, nuclear nonproliferation, cyber security, new technology, military ethics, and their political and psychological implications.
His government positions included security policy in the Northern Ireland Office in Belfast, and British defence commitments between Morocco and Bangladesh. He became MODUK’s Director of Proliferation and Arms Control in 1997 (and so UK Commissioner on the UN Commissions for Iraqi Disarmament : UNSCOM and UNMOVIC) He was Director of Defence Organisation in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad during 2004 and, later, founding Head of the U.K.’s interdepartmental Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit (now the Stabilisation Unit). Between 2006 and 2007 he was Chief Speechwriter for two UK Defence Secretaries.
His academic background includes a BSC Econ degree from the LSE, the Royal College of Defence Studies Senior Officers Course, and a Fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is also a qualified, and formerly practicing, group psychotherapist and a (rigorously secular) co-chair of the UK Council on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament (CCADD).