Biden’s First Challenge: Extend New START

U.S. President Donald Trump and his team failed to resolve a dispute over Russian noncompliance with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and bungled talks to extend the last remaining U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control agreement, the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which is due to expire February 5, 2021. As a result, the top foreign policy priority of President Joe Biden, once he is sworn in, must be to dispatch a senior representative to reach agreement with Russia on a clean, five-year extension of the treaty and begin follow-on nuclear disarmament talks on the backlog of issues the two sides have failed to resolve since New START was concluded. Read the latest article on this matter by Deep Cuts Commissioner Daryl G. Kimball here