On April 28, the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative will host the release of the Deep Cuts Commission’s first report, “Preparing for Deep Cuts: Options for Enhancing Euro-Atlantic and International Security”

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The Ukraine crisis has plunged U.S. and Western relations with Russia toward a post–Cold War low. The damage will continue for some time, especially in the event of a Russian military incursion into eastern Ukraine.

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Four years after the conclusion of New START, the United States and the Russian Federation still deploy nuclear arsenals that far exceed what is needed for deterrence. Even before the deep tensions over Russian actions in Ukraine, a difference over a range of security challenges have stymied progress on further nuclear reductions.

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Speaking on Prague’s Hradčany Square on April 5, 2009, President Barack Obama laid out his vision for managing nuclear arms.

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Heart-breaking images of repression by brutal regimes in Syria and Ukraine, both backed by the Russian government of president Vladimir Putin, convey the impression that a long slide is underway toward Cold War levels of animosity between Washington and Moscow.

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Strenuous efforts are currently being made to control the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and to reduce existing stockpiles of such weapons. New talks on Iran’s nuclear program have resulted in an interim agreement that could lead to a comprehensive solution of the conflict over how to better control Tehran’s nuclear efforts.

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Emerging new and more difficult arms control goals, such as further reducing U.S. and Russian strategic and non-strategic nuclear weapons, will require more innovative and intrusive techniques and lessons can be learned from a number of arms control agreements.

Deep Cuts Project Partners are pleased to announce the release of the second Deep Cuts Working Paper by Edward M. Ifft on "Verification Lessons Learnt from Strategic Arms Reductions".

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Would an Iran deal obviate the planned European Phased Adaptive Approach on ballistic missile defense? Deep Cuts Commissioner Steven Pifer assesses possible consequences.

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