REWATCH: Deep Cuts Commissioner's Daryl Kimball and Lynn Rusten at the 2023 Arms Control Association Annual Meeting

On June 2, the Annual Meeting of the Arms Control Association was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with the theme "Reducing Nuclear Threats in a Time of Peril".

At the high-profile meeting, where U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan expressed his country's readiness for bilateral and multilateral arms control, the Deep Cuts project was prominently represented by Commissioners Daryl Kimball, Executive Director ACA, and Lynn Rusten, Vice President of the Nuclear Threat Initiative's Global Nuclear Policy Program, as well as Project Coordinator and Senior Policy Analyst Shannon Bugos.

The meeting underscored that issues of disarmament, arms control, non-proliferation and risk reduction are of paramount importance under conditions of great power rivalry.

In case you missed the event, you can watch it again by clicking on this link.

REWATCH: Deep Cuts Project Head at #DFS2023

Tobias Fella, Head of the Deep Cuts Project and Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), was a panelist at the German Forum on Security Policy 2023 (Deutsches Forum Sicherheitspolitik) on May 23, where he discussed the future of arms control under conditions of great power rivalry. If you missed the event, you can re-watch it here.

Hans Kristensen and Barbara Kunz join the Deep Cuts Commission

The Deep Cuts Project is very pleased to welcome Hans KristensenDirector of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, and Barbara Kunz, Senior Researcher in the “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies” project ot the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, as new members of the Deep Cuts Commission.

NEW Deep Cuts Leadership

The Deep Cuts project starts in its next cycle under a new leadership. Dr Tobias Fella will lead the trilateral project, focusing the Commission’s work on how to advance arms control under difficult conditions of great power competition. Lucian Bumeder will coordinate the Young Deep Cuts Commission’s work on conventional and nuclear arms control in Europe.

Tobias Fella previous positions include foreign policy advisor at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Research Fellow at the Hertie School and Fellow at the German Insititute for International and Security Affairs / Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. His PhD thesis at Humboldt University of Berlin explored the idea of US decline as a world power in neoconservative thougth. Dr Fella's research focusses on arms control and issues of strategic stability unter conditions of great power competition. His focus is on U.S.-Russian relations and the potential inclusion of the People's Republic of China and other centers of powers in arms control. His articles and commentaries appeared in German and international media and magazines like The National Interest.

Lucian Bumeder previously worked as a policy aide in the office of Merle Spellerberg who serves on the Defense Committee of the German Bundestag as well as for the transnational journalist network n-ost. He studied Political Science (B.A.) and International Relations (M.A.) at Freie Universität Berlin and at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with an interim stay at Tulane University in New Orleans.

The Deep Cuts Project is coordinated by the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). The project partner is the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC (ACA). The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The ACA, through its Senior Policy Analyst Shannon Bugos, particularly supports project activities that address emerging technologies and their implications for and integration into arms control.

The new Deep Cuts leadership thanks the previous team of Dr Oliver Meier, Maren Vieluf and Franziska Stärk for their work, which contributed significantly to the success of the project.




NEW Deep Cuts Working Paper #15 Truth or Dare: Transparency, Ambiguity, and Prospects for New International Commitments in the Nuclear Realm

Examining the logic for and against nuclear weapons transparency and how it manifests itself in the attitudes and behaviors of nuclear weapon states and their allies, this new working paper suggest measures to increase accountability and transparency – within and outside of the NPT framework.

Read the Deep Cuts Working Paper here

Statement by the Deep Cuts Commission and the Young Deep Cuts Commission - U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control Diplomacy Remains In Mutual and Global Security Interests

The Deep Cuts Commission and the Young Deep Cuts Commission regret the postponement of the meeting of the Bilateral Consultative Commission (BCC), which had been scheduled to take place in Cairo, Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2022. Commission members believe that an early date for the next BCC meeting should be set as soon as possible and urge Russia and the United States to formally agree to negotiate a new accord to replace New START before it expires.


Read the full Statement by the Deep Cuts Commission here

Deep Cuts Project Side Event at the NPT RevCon - August 10


 Deep Cuts Project Side Event at the NPT RevCon


Reducing nuclear risks and nuclear arsenals in times of tension in Europe

Wednesday, August 10 at 1:15-2:30 PM

United Nations Headquarter, New York, Conference Room 8