Uncharted Waters: Europe and the End of Nuclear Arms Control

In the summer of 2019, the Administration of US President Donald Trump decided to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Since 2014, the United States had been publicly accusing Moscow of violating the Treaty by flight-testing a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) in the ranges banned by the INF Treaty (500–5,500 km). Subsequently, US officials expressed concerns that Russia might have started to produce more missiles than needed to sustain a flight-test program. Russia rejected the accusations and tabled a number of counter-allegations against the United States. The diplomatic back-and-forth finally culminated in the US’ decision to withdraw from the Treaty - a decision with potentially wide-ranging repercussions for the security of Europe and East Asia. Read the full article by Deep Cuts Commissioner Ulrich Kühn here