Search: Arms control,Nuclear weapons (11 materials)


The revolutionary START Turns 30: Assessments and Prospects

.... START I was developed as a bilateral Soviet–American treaty but it became a multilateral instrument following the collapse of the USSR: Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine acceded to the current Russian–American treaty and committed to eliminating nuclear weapons on their territories to accede to the NPT as non-nuclear states. To a certain degree, the Treaty’s key achievement lies not solely in asserting arms control but in ensuring that all subsequent treaties resulted in progressively greater reductions in strategic nuclear arms. The comprehensive control system developed as part of START I ensured sufficient mutual confidence in compliance with the ...


The Ten Aporias of Our Time. The Theory and Practice of Nuclear Deterrence

... the United States agreed to start a bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue). The only way to do this is to continue and expand arms control. Since third parties are not going to join the process in the near future and since no one has thus far calculated ... ... the next START should include broader and stricter measures for arms restrictions instead of another direct deep reduction of nuclear weapons. In addition to traditional ICBMs, SLBMs and heavy bombers, this means limiting all long-range nuclear air- and ...


The World after START

... Still, no one thought to take any steps to prevent them from doing so. The only way to explain this is that the development of nuclear weapons in these countries, while a direct violation of the non-proliferation regime, is perceived as a regional problem,... ..., to some extent, responsible for the current state of affairs. From today’s vantage point, the 50-year history of nuclear arms control looks increasingly disappointing. The arms control that we have known since Brezhnev and Nixon signed the first agreements ...


Hypersonic Weapons and Arms Control

... the hypersonic weapons. Some of the work worth mentioning had been carried out by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research: a study “Hypersonic Weapons: A Challenge and Opportunity for Strategic Arms Control” [ 1 ] and a report on a UNIDIR-UNODA Turn-based Exercise “The Implications of Hypersonic Weapons for International Stability and Arms Control” [ 2 ]. One more important report was produced by the RAND Corporation, with a focus on proliferation ...


Richard Weitz: Even If New START Is Extended, Strategic Arms Control Will Die Unless China Is Involved in New Treaties

... strategic arms control treaty could limit additional types of weapons, such as short-range missiles and non-nuclear weapons that could potentially cause significant damage. Russia has always pushed to include strategic missile defences in these strategic arms control treaties, while U.S. officials have pressed to include so-called tactical nuclear weapons, amongst other areas, but both sides would abandon these positions in the course of the talks. Andrey Kortunov: The Post-INF Treaty world: Cutting Сosts and Reducing Risks President Trump would prefer this — to get a new treaty that ...


The Post-INF Treaty world: Cutting Сosts and Reducing Risks

... Kingdom have, of their own accord, reduced the number of nuclear warheads in their own arsenals to 300 and 215, respectively. For comparison, the Russian Federation and the United States have 7,200 and 7,000 units of nuclear arms, including tactical nuclear weapons and warheads stored in warehouses, respectively. However, arms control cannot be reduced to an arithmetic problem. The question also includes ‘algebraic’ considerations — the combat readiness of nuclear arsenals, their degree of transparency, confidence-building measures, the dialogue on military doctrines,...


End of Nuclear Arms Control: Do Not Beware the Ides of March

... arms race will no doubt have a hand in nuclear cruise missiles returning to the arsenal of the U.S. fleet [ 11 ], which will increase its striking power significantly, as any submarine or destroyer/cruiser could potentially become a delivery system for nuclear weapons with a range of several thousand kilometers. Greg Thielmann: Are We Approaching the End of the Arms Control Era? What is the situation with Russia? We should immediately note here that the data used is unofficial and taken from open (primarily non-Russian) sources [ 12 ]. It may sound ridiculous, but the only party that the Russian military shares ...


New Arms Control Treaties May Be Impossible to Negotiate Now

The possibility of countries like Russia and the United States negotiating a new arms control treaty will be nearly impossible considering the current geopolitical conditions, Russian International Affairs Council President and former Russian FM Igor Ivanov said during a panel discussion on US-Russia strategic relations. The possibility ...


Road to Nowhere

After Ditching the INF Treaty, the U.S. Risks Further Isolation Seventeen years ago, in late 2001, the George W. Bush Administration announced the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM) that Moscow and Washington, which was signed in 1972 and had served as a foundation of global strategic stability for 30 years. I remember well the tremendous efforts the Russian leadership poured into trying to keep the American side from taking such a step. President...


U.S. Withdrawal From the INF Treaty and the End of the Bilateral Era

... administration officials have focused more on the fact that the treaty imposes no limitations on China’s nuclear forces. Second, traditional, legally-binding agreements that are subject to ratification—which have long constituted the structure of arms control—are also on their way out. Not only is it difficult and perhaps even impossible to ratify any national agreement today, especially with regards to nuclear weapons, the ongoing U.S.-Russia confrontation further complicates this process. Under such strained conditions, whether either side is able to guarantee compliance remains an open question. But the fates of the INF and ABM treaties suggest that ...


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