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How to Address the Russian Post-INF Initiatives

The best possible next step for European countries would be to try to reach out, formally or informally, to Russia to clarify the technical parameters of the proposed moratorium The Russian moratorium proposal On 2 nd February 2019, when the United States announced that it intended to withdraw from the INF Treaty on 2 nd August, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with ministers Shoigu and Lavrov to discuss the possible weapons that might be developed in response, and framed a ‘formula’...


Aleksey Arbatov: Talks on a Future START Should Have Been Launched Yesterday

... respect to prolong the Treaty, but this is no guarantee in the current situation. As regards weapons systems threatening strategic stability, what do you think is their hierarchy now? How significant is the effect of anti-missile systems, long-range non-nuclear weapons, anti-satellite weapons? Regarding anti-missile defence, its effect is certainly greater than it was 10, 20, 30, 40 years ago. The Treaty was concluded in 1972, nearly 50 years ago. It remained in force for 30 years, and anti-missile systems ...


The Second or Third Nuclear Age, Hermann Kahn´s escalation ladder and chess

... as they have been influenced by advances in the cognitive sciences, to include prospect theory. Their paper also includes an analysis of the implications for U.S. interests, with an emphasis on preserving the seventy-one-year tradition of non-use of nuclear weapons (since their only use in 1945), also known as the “nuclear taboo.” The existing and prospective challenges posed by the Second Nuclear Age, as reflected in these scenarios, are sobering. If the United States seeks to preserve the nuclear ...


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

... better. The problem with the New START Treaty is that it limits just Russia and the U.S., though Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine are technically included as they inherited some of the Soviet arsenals. In the past, the Russian government said that other (nuclear weapons states) should participate in these treaties. The New START Treaty, like its earlier versions, focuses on long-range nuclear arm missiles and bombers. A new type of strategic arms control treaty could limit additional types of weapons,...


RIAC and ELN Discuss Forms of Russia-UK Dialogue on Nuclear Safety Issues

... Russia and the United Kingdom discussed possible forms of dialog between Russia and the United Kingdom on nuclear issues in the group of nuclear powers in the context of the 2020 NPT Conference. Dmitry Stefanovich, RIAC Expert, an independent expert in nuclear weapons and non-proliferation, spoke at a seminar session and presented RIAC research and analytical materials on nuclear issues. Based on the results of the workshop, in early 2020 a report with recommendations for the ministries and departments ...


A New Era of Arms Control: Myths, Realities and Options

... This ideology—like any other—is based on an agglomeration of different myths about the past, present, and future of strategic relations between the nuclear powers. One of them (which may be called “nuclear revanchism”) is that following major nuclear weapons reductions during the last thirty years, their use would no longer be a worldwide catastrophe, so a nuclear war can now be waged and won. Moreover, it is claimed that the limited and selective use of nuclear weapons through integrated ...


RIAC–CSIS Expert Meeting on the Prospects for Development of Russia-U.S. Relations

... for the development of Russia-the U.S. relations. The meeting was part of a long-term bilateral project conducted jointly by RIAC and CSIS since 2015. The discussion focused on the situation in the Western Balkans, challenges of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, U.S. sanctions against Russia, prospects for Russia-the U.S. relations after the presidential elections in the USA in November 2020. Russian side at the meeting was represented by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, as well as experts ...


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

... becoming increasingly loud both in Russia and the US, as are statements that the national security of either side will be guaranteed even if the extension of the treaty is renounced. Without the New START, there will be a broader issue of maintaining the nuclear weapons non-proliferation regime. We should not forget about the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty either. The United States, by the way, has not ratified the CTBT, but is now criticising Russia for alleged CTBT violations. Thus, a chain reaction ...


JCPOA: Forward Into the Past

... a compromise does appear, then the most serious concerns of the Trump administration regarding Iran’s politics should be addressed, otherwise, no deal can be concluded. Clearly, the greatest threat coming from Iran is the prospect of it developing nuclear weapons. When it comes to the nuclear deterrence with regard to Iran, two factors are important for the United States: the possibility of verifying compliance on the part of Iran with its obligations and the term of the JCPOA’s validity. At ...


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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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