First Workshop of the Deep Cuts Commission

From October 28-29, the Deep Cuts Commission convened for its first workshop. During the two days in Hamburg, Commissioners addressed a broad range of arms control issues in the U.S.-Russian relationship.

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Particularly the obstacles to further reductions in U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals were at the core of intense discussions between Commissioners. Welcomed by IFSH Director Michael Brzoska, Commissioners were addressed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control, Ambassador Rolf Nikel. In his speech, Nikel emphasized the importance of further efforts to strengthen bilateral U.S.-Russian and international arms control measures.

In the following discussions, participants underlined the need for a new understanding of nuclear deterrence which reflects current relations of the U.S. and Russia. Further on, potential obstacles to possible nuclear reductions were analyzed and discussed; amongst were the question of tactical nuclear weapons, ballistic missile defense, the CFE stalemate, and conventional precision-guided systems. In a special session, possible transparency measures were evaluated.

At the end of the first day, workshop participants were invited by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and addressed by Councillor of State, Horst-Michael Pelikahn, who underlined Hamburg's commitment to international politics based on non-violent solutions.

The discussions and recommendations of the participants will be synthesized in a joint report, to be published in early 2014.