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Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue

... other proposals might also help end a new nuclear arms race? Should the INF treaty and other treaties be updated or expanded to include other states, such as the European states and China? Washington is also in the process of modernizing its tactical nuclear weapons systems, such as the B-61-12, in part by extending its range. For its part, Moscow has threatened to deploy its Iskander tactical nuclear weapons systems in Kaliningrad and Crimea. Russian nuclear strategy purportedly sees tactical nuclear ...


Open Letter to President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin

Authors: Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor S. Ivanov, Sam Nunn Dear President Putin and President Trump, The chasm between Russia and the West appears to be wider now than at any point since the Cold War. In the absence of new initiatives, the knot of distrust is being tightened, choking off the ability of governments to discuss, let alone advance, steps essential for improving the security of all people living in the Euro-Atlantic region. Your first meeting in Hamburg will be a unique opportunity...


War of the Future – How Do We See It?

... great powers. The end of World War II ushered in the nuclear era. Ever since that time scholars have been ceaselessly debating two problems [1] . First: Is a direct military showdown between the nuclear powers possible? And if so, will they dare use nuclear weapons? Second: Can nuclear war be interpreted according to the Clausewitz formula whereby “war is the continuation of politics by other means”? There is also a third view point that I find appealing: the emergence of nuclear weapons ...


Are Nuclear Weapons Useful? A Response to Mikhail Troitskiy

I felt a sense of deja vu reading Troitskiy’s polemical response . The very title of the article “Why Nuclear Weapons Are Strategically Useless?” gives rise to troubling associations. More than once in history has a particular kind of weapon been declared “strategically useless.” In the early twentieth century, French military commanders ...


Why Nuclear weapons are strategically useless? Response to Alexei Fenenko

... (link in Russian). Fenenko rightly believes that the nuclear shield is not “worth risking”. But in my essay, I did not call for nuclear weapons to be disposed of immediately. I merely argued that we should stop ascribing characteristics to nuclear weapons that they do not have – in the first place the ability to protect a state from any threats other than a direct and large-scale (and therefore unlikely) military aggression. By contrast, the risks these weapons pose for international security are very real. Fenenko rightly notes that terrorist groups, fortunately, have not been able to gain access to nuclear materials over the past 20 years or so. However, most developed countries, including Russia, recognise the growing ...


The Nuclear Factor in Global Politics: Myths and Reality

Why the nuclear weapons is not the main security guarantee Commemorating the 70-year tragic anniversary of the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it seems appropriate to once again ponder over the role of nuclear weapons in the world, as well as over their ...


The First Robin?

... dropped from an F-15E uncharged, consequently causing no explosion. The event was part of the life extension program for U.S. nuclear weapons that also covers warheads for sea-based Tridents and ground-based Minutemen. The modernization is supposed to ... ... from 1,385 to 400-500 bombs including those stationed at European bases. Improved safety control over these weapons is good for international security, whereas on the whole, the program offers a good example of thrift displayed toward previous major allocations ...


Political Deadlock over Nuclear Disarmament

The Ninth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has opened in New York. Representatives of NPT member nations meet once every five years to discuss the current state of nuclear arsenals and prospects for reducing them, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the development ...


The future of the British nuclear deterrent: more of the same?

... started procuring some of the components needed for Successor ahead of its scheduled 2028 service entry. While other nuclear-armed states are investing heavily in modernising strategic forces, there is a growing public debate about the practicality of nuclear weapons in the UK. This process of force modernisation is not exclusive to the UK. The Economist this month declared that the world now faces a growing threat of nuclear conflict, with all nuclear powers ‘spending lavishly’ to upgrade ...


Nuclear Terrorism: Bogeyman or Real Threat?

... ‘dirty bomb’), giving rise to nuclear or radiological terrorism, respectively. The most infamous instances of nuclear terrorism have included attempts made by Al-Qaeda, the Japanese cult of Aum Shinrikyo, and Chechen terrorists, to acquire nuclear weapons or related components and technologies. According to the US , late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been engaged in such attempts since 1992. Instances of nuclear terrorism in Russia are all linked to Chechnya. In an interview with ...


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    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
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