Young Deep Cuts Statement: Don't Hold Arms Control Hostage to the Current Crisis

Against the background of the current tensions between Russia, NATO and the United States the Young Deep Cuts Commission (YDCC) argues for a separation of arms control, risk reduction and transparency issues on one hand from conflict in and over Ukraine and the issue of European security architecture on the other.

In the immediate term, the United States, Russia and NATO should urgently focus on reaching consensus on continued engagement in the framework of the Strategic Stability Dialogue, enhanced subjects and methods for information exchange, ways and means of reducing the likelihood and manageability of military incidents, and reaching agreement on the non‑deployment of INF‑type missiles in Europe. These and other arms control, risk reduction and transparency measurements should not be made contingent on the current crisis.

 

Read the full statement here

 

This Young Deep Cuts Statement was drafted in the beginning of February before the ongoing military escalation in Ukraine.

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Statement by the Deep Cuts Commission - Defusing the Ukraine Crisis through Arms Control, Transparency and Risk Reduction

The tensions between Russia, Ukraine and NATO create the potential for a disastrous war that can and must be avoided through serious and deft diplo­macy. 

The Deep Cuts Commission calls on Russia, the United States, and NATO members to acknowledge the legitimate security con­cerns of the other side. They should imme­diately take simultaneous steps to defuse the current crisis through arms control, risk reduction and trans­parency measures and involve Ukraine, where appropriate, in such a process.

 

Read the full Statement by the Deep Cuts Commission here

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NEW Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief #4 "Hacking" Away at Risks Arising at the Cyber-Nuclear Nexus

As Russia and the United States modernize their nuclear forces and the number of digital components grows, so does the surface for possible cyberattacks by an adversary. It’s time for the United States and Russia to cooperate to reduce associated risks of nuclear escalation.

Read “'Hacking' Away at Risks Arising at the Cyber-Nuclear Nexus” here

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Deep Cuts Briefing - How the U.S.-Russian Strategic Stability Dialogue can and must help to move nuclear arms control and disarmament forward

On January 18, 2022, the Deep Cuts Project held a briefing “How the U.S.-Russian Strategic Stability Dialogue can and must help to move nuclear arms control and disarmament forward”.

Watch the full briefing here

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NEW Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief #3 Revitalizing U.S.-Russia Arms Control: An Integrated Approach

An ambitious U.S.-Russia arms control agenda must aim for a successful bilateral strategic stability dialogue and move towards global nuclear risk reduction through utilizing the P5 process and engaging NATO. The new Young Deep Cuts Policy Briefs shows how progress can be made.

Read the new Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief here

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NEW Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief #2 From NATO to NPT and Beyond: Diversifying Debates, Expanding Nuclear Mindsets

Nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states alike should envision an inclusive and open discussion on the principal drivers of the Humanitarian Initiative rather than focusing on the (in)compatibility between the TPNW and the NPT. The tenth NPT Review Conference in 2022 presents an opportunity to make progress on some of the issues at stake.


Read the new Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief here

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Statement by the Deep Cuts Commission - How the U.S.-Russian Strategic Stability Dialogue Can and Must Make Progress

For decades, the United States and Soviet Union (later Russia) have co-existed in a dangerous state of mutual nuclear vulnera­bility that requires effective dialogue, mili­tary restraint, and bold action to achieve deep cuts in their massive nuclear stock­piles.

It is in the interest of both sides that the Strategic Stability Dialogue (SSD) is effective and productive. In order to seize opportunities to reduce nu­clear dangers, both sides need to move swiftly and decisively. A top priority has to be the search for a follow-on agreement or agreements to the 2010 New START Treaty, the last remaining bilateral treaty capping the world’s two largest arsenals, before it ex­pires in early 2026.

 

Read the full Statement by the Deep Cuts Commission outlining next steps here

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NEW Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief #1 Immediate Priorities for US-Russian Arms Control

As arms control discussions commence in the US-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, Russia and the United States need to find compromise on some of the most difficult issue areas of future negotiations: long-range precision-guided weapons, missile defense systems, and non-strategic nuclear weapons.
Read the Young Deep Cuts Policy Brief here.

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