"There is no question that conventional arms control in Europe is in a dry and difficult time. That some progress, or better, some resurrection of conventional arms control, needs to happen is equally obvious," says Deep Cuts Commissioner Greg Govan in this most recent Issue Brief. Govan continues to pose a number of fundamental questions: What are the goals for European security? How can arms control objectives serve those goals? How can we work towards those goals within a “Helsinki 2” type process that addresses all aspects of security in Europe, not just the military dimension? Click here ...

On July 2, Deep Cuts Commissioners Ulrich Kühn, Oliver Meier and Götz Neuneck briefed a number of German parliamentarians at an event organized by the Permanent Mission of Hamburg to the German State in Berlin. At the event, attended by some 25 experts and officials, including representatives of the Russian embassy, Commissioners pointed to the critical state of international arms control and disarmament institutions. Reiterating the suggestions and recommendations of the Second Deep Cuts Report, Commissioners stressed the need to re-engage on the strained INF Treaty, conventional arms control in Europe, and the on-going conflict in Ukraine. The newly elected Senator for Education of Hamburg, Katharina Fegebank, opened the session with her welcoming remarks.

This Issue Brief by Nickolas Roth (Harvard University) describes how the United States and Russia arrived at this point. It highlights differences in how the United States and Russia approach nuclear security. It identifies what limited nuclear security related work will likely continue between the two countries in the future. Finally, Roth identifies potential opportunities for future cooperation related to nuclear security between the United States and Russia. Click here ...

"No Defense Department response would be necessary if Russia came back into compliance with the treaty. Unfortunately, in the current political atmosphere between Washington and Moscow, it is difficult to imagine how that might happen," comments Deep Cuts Commissioner Steven Pifer in his latest blog post for the Brookings Institution on the INF crisis with Russia. A U.S. response in the military realm could be expensive and potentially divisive, Pifer explains. Click here ...

"Die anhaltende Krise in der Ukraine offenbart ein schwerwiegendes Defizit amerikanischer Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik: Washington hat verlernt, Russlands strategische Interessen und Motive zu erkennen und zu begreifen. Die Folgen dieser Fehlwahrnehmung befeuern die aktuelle Konfrontation, legen den Grundstein für künftige Konflikte und verhindern einen konstruktiveren Kurs gegenüber dem Kreml. Eine (neo)realistische Analyse von Deep Cuts Commissioner Ulrich Kühn für die neueste Ausgabe des "ADLAS"-Magazins (ab S. 29). Click here ...

Eine Konferenz zur Überprüfung des Nuklearen Nichtverbreitungsvertrages endete jüngst ergebnislos. Dahinter steht ein Richtungsstreit über die Rolle von Atomwaffen. Nun müssen Deutschland und andere Mittelmächte Kompromissbereitschaft einfordern, meint Deep Cuts Commissioner Oliver Meier in seinem neuesten Meinungsartikel auf der Webseite der SWP. Click here ...

"The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered an unusually clear and coherent speech on U.S. missile defense policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) May 19 in Washington.  Although Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr. emphasized in his remarks that U.S. missile defenses should be of no concern to Russia or China, it is easy to see how parts of his comprehensive presentation could be viewed from Moscow or Beijing as hypocritical, or at least deeply ironic," says Deep Cuts Commissioner Greg Thielmann in his latest analysis for the Arms Control Association. Click here ...

A Russian version of the latest Deep Cuts Report is out now! It contains 15 concrete recommendations for national governments on how to advance on the nuclear disarmament and confidence-building track and addresses directly responses to the Ukraine crisis, European security, the INF Treaty, strategic nuclear stability, the "P5" Process and the NPT framework. Click here ...

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