Shortly before the start of the 2015 NPT Review Conference, Deep Cuts Commissioner will release their 2nd Report, entiteled "Strengthening Stability in Turbulent Times". The report will contain 15 key recommendations and a number of additional timely measures to address the current downturn in West-Russian relations as well as how to follow up on the goal of global nuclear disarmament. The report will be available on-line at this web page.

Am 9. April gab "Deep Cuts" Kommissionsmitglied Ulrich Kühn ein Interview für das Polit-Magazin "Monitor" der ARD. In der Sendung ging es um die neue Gafhr eines Atomkriegs in Europa vor dem Hintergrund der Modernisierung amerikanischer und russischer Nuklearwaffen. Das volle Interview finden Sie on-line unter click here ...

The lack of serious engagement on behalf of the nuclear weapon states (NWS) to eliminate their nuclear weapons, as required by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), however, is more and more being criticized by the non-nuclear weapon states (NNWS). Their patience is running out of steam, and, crucially, they have found leverage in the form of the so-called humanitarian initiative, including the prospect of banning nuclear weapons. The upcoming five-yearly NPT Review Conference - from 27 April to 22 May 2015 in New York - will be a test of the strength of the humanitarian initiative as well as an indication whether the NWS have understood the message. Click here ...

Organized by the Arms Control Association and the Brookings Institution, Deep Cuts Commissioners met for an Experts Roundtable on March 25th at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. At this informal meeting Steven Pifer, Victor Mizin and Götz Neuneck gave short presentations about the challenges confronting U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control and the potential for further nuclear risk-reduction measures. Around 20 arms control experts and practitioners, as well as interested representatives of the U.S. philanthropic community as well as Commissioners Thielmann, Kelleher, Acton and Kühn attended the two-hour meeting to discuss preliminary recommendations of the upcoming 2nd Report of the Commission (to be released in April).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his latest commentary for the National Interest, Steven Pifer explains why U.S. expectations on BMD may be running too high. According to Pifer, "After thirty-two years and tens of billions of dollars, defending the U.S. homeland against attack by strategic ballistic missiles still poses a daunting challenge. Missile defense ambitions have been regularly scaled-back. The United States should make prudent investments in missile defense as part of its overall force mix. But Washington should bear in mind the limits of technology and the nature of the relationship between offense and defense, in which offense has and, for the foreseeable future will retain, the advantage." Click here ...

In a recent series of articles, Deep Cuts Commissioners Steven Pifer and Götz Neuneck together with former German Minister Egon Bahr rejected a proposal to reintroduce forward-based U.S. nuclear weapons to Europe. The articles will be published in the upcoming issue of the IISS Survival journal.

In this paper, Thomas E. Shea and Laura Rockwood examine the potential role for international verification of fissile material in relation to nuclear disarmament, what was accomplished under the Trilateral Initiative and, more importantly, what should be done now to preserve its legacy and take concrete steps towards such verification. Click here ...

‘The future of U.S. and Russian nuclear cruise missiles is at an inflection point’, says Commissioner Thielmann in this latest TAB by ACA. According to Thielmann, ‘Russia’s alleged testing of a ground-launched cruise missile has jeopardized not only the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, but other bilateral nuclear agreements as well, adding further strain to the U.S.-Russian relationship. The U.S. allegation and Moscow’s three countercharges should be resolved with the help of the treaty’s Special Verification Commission, which was explicitly designed to deal with compliance issues. But the two countries need to take a broader look at nuclear cruise missiles.’ Click here …

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