Intelligence analysis professor presents at NATO event in Budapest


by Lynn Radocha (’18)

Baxter at NATO

Philip Baxter, professor of intelligence analysis at JMU, recently participated in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Academy event held in Budapest, Hungary. The event brought together 35 early career professionals from 22 NATO countries to engage experts in the field of nuclear weapons and deterrence, with speakers covering the theoretical, historical, technological and social aspects of deterrence.

Held at the National University of Public Service, the event was organized by the International Youth Atlantic Council and the Hungarian Youth Atlantic Council, with sponsorship from NATO’s Public Policy Division. It provided participants with a forum for discussing changes in the international security environment and how NATO would adapt to those changes. 

Baxter presented the role of current nuclear weapons modernization efforts and how those efforts have impacted nuclear strategy and may impact arms racing or alliance dynamics in the future — in light of re-emerging great power competition. His talk also discussed how other advancing technologies, such as cyber warfare or hypersonic weapons, might impact deterrence calculations given changes to strategic arsenals, shifting nuclear strategies, and a more competitive security landscape. 

The event also welcomed high-ranking officials from NATO, including the director for NATO’s Nuclear Policy Directorate, the Hungarian Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as presenters.

Baxter is the co-editor of the book, 21st Century, which examines technical, strategic and theoretical implications stemming from nuclear weapons modernization efforts over the past two decades.

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Published: Thursday, October 19, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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