Atomwaffenverbotsvertrag kann neue Abrüstungsimpulse geben

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Am 22. Januar tritt der Atomwaffenverbotsvertrag in Kraft. Deep Cuts Commissioner Oliver Meier erklärt im Interview mit Streitkräfte und Strategien, dass hierin auch eine Chance für die Wiederbelebung der Diskussionen um nukleare Abrüstung und Rüstungskontrolle liegt und warum Deutschland an der Vertragsstaatenkonferenz als Beobachter teilnehmen sollte. Das vollständige Interview finden Sie hier

Strengthening the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and its Verification Regime

The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation will hold a virtual high-level event on strengthening the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and its verification regime on January 28, 2021.The event will include two panel discussions and highlight the importance of the CTBT to national and international security as well as the non-proliferation regime and linkages between the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the CTBT. Among others, Deep Cuts Commissioners Angela Kane and Daryl Kimball will participate as speakers in this event. Registration is open here

Back to the Future? The New Missile Crisis

Many developments over the last years have led some to caution that the world is experiencing "the end of the history of nuclear arms control." After the end of the INF Treaty, the United States and its Allies in Europe and East Asia face a choice of what to do to enhance security: give arms control another chance or provide the ground for another missile buildup. In his latest essay for the volume "The INF Treaty of 1987. A Reappraisal", Deep Cuts Commissioner Ulrich Kühn recounts the history of the INF Treaty from the latter days of détente to the current developments after the end of INF. It explains why the current post-INF environment is highly problematic for European security, and what the way forward - reviving arms control or re-entering an arms race - might look like. Read the full essay here

Russian Analytical Digest

Deep Cuts Commissioners Ulrich Kühn and Oliver Meier, among others, contributed to the latest Russian Analytical Digest with analysis on arms control and strategic stability. Read the full issue here


We are looking for a researcher (f/m/d) to support the work of the Deep Cuts project part-time (50%), starting next February until end of 2022 and based in Berlin. The main task will be to coordinate the work of the new Young Deep Cuts Commission which will bring together 12 young experts from Germany, Russia, and the United States. In coordination with the Deep Cuts Commission, the Young Deep Cuts Commission will tackle and discuss arms control issues and provide ideas for the Deep Cuts project, including through joint publications. The coordinator of the Young Deep Cuts Commission will consult closely with the project head at IFSH as well as with the project partners in Moscow and Washington. Communicative competence, team orientation and initiative are required, some experience in managing research and policy transfer activities and knowledge of arms control and disarmament issues are necessary. The position is based at the IFSH Berlin office and offers a great opportunity to work in small and nice team, close to the political heart of Berlin. Read the full job descirption here

Debating the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty: Regional Perspectives

With its 50th ratification, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is soon set to become legally binding. It is a contentious treaty, drafted by a group of 124 non-nuclear-weapon countries in 2017. Since its genesis, it has been boycotted by over 50 states, including all current nuclear-weapon states. Its supporters argue that it brings a new perspective to disarmament negotiations, as well as a binding norm that fills a legal gap which has allowed the continued existence of atomic bombs. Its critics, on the contrary, argue that the treaty is too ambiguous and that it does not create any instruments to ensure effective, verifiable, and permanent atomic disarmament. Deep Cuts Commissioner Oliver Meier took part in a virtual event discussing both local and global implications of a binding TPNW as well as possible consequences for the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime. Watch a recording of the event here

NATO-Russia Crisis Brief

Nuclear tensions between NATO and Russia are dangerously high. A lack of trust and increasingly close military interactions between NATO and Russia threaten to spark a crisis that could rapidly escalate to the use of nuclear weapons by accident or miscalculation. In December 2020, the Nuclear Crisis Group (NCG) published a new report about the risks of NATO-Russia escalation to nuclear use, and the steps governments can take to mitigate tensions, lower the odds of miscalculation, and enhance stability. Deep Cuts Commissioner Sarah Bidgood contributed the chapter "Reducing Tension in Russia-NATO Relations: A Two-Part Act." Read the full report here

Reviving Nuclear Arms Control Under Biden

The Biden presidency that begins in January will adopt some very different directions from its predecessor in foreign policy. One such area is arms control, particularly nuclear arms control with Russia. President-elect Biden understands that arms control can contribute to U.S. security, something that President Donald Trump never seemed to fully appreciate. Biden will agree to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), the sole remaining agreement limiting U.S. and Russian nuclear forces. His administration should aim to go beyond that and negotiate further nuclear arms cuts. That will not prove to be easy. Doing so, however, could produce arrangements that would enhance U.S. security and reduce nuclear risks. Read the latest article by Deep Cuts Commissioner Steven Pifer here