Liability or asset? The EU and nuclear weapons

With Russia’s annexation of Crimea and increased uncertainty about Washington’s security commitments, EU nuclear deterrence has reappeared on the political agenda. In his latest publication, Deep Cuts Commissioner Oliver Meier analyses the prospects for such a proposal in the Clingendael Spectator. Does the EU need its own nuclear deterrent? And what would be the implications for the EU and its role in global affairs? Read more here

Is U.S. policy toward Moscow too confrontational?

For years, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions abroad have generated headlines and given him an outsized reputation as an international player. He has invaded Ukraine, changed de facto international borders, and flouted international law. U.S. officials and lawmakers have imposed sanctions and taken other measures, but Russian behavior has not changed. Is U.S. policy toward Moscow too confrontational? Is there a better way for the international community to deal with the challenges posed by Putin and Russia? Deep Cuts Commissioner Steven Pifer participated in a two-vs-two debate, watch the discussion here

REGISTER NOW: Briefing on New START and the upcoming U.S.-Russian talks in Vienna

Whither New START?
Briefing on the 22 June Vienna nuclear arms control talks


June 19, 2020


7:00 - 8:00 AM Washington, D.C.
1:00 - 2:00 PM Berlin, Vienna
2:00 - 3:00 PM Moscow

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On Monday, June 22 Russia and the United States will resume consultations on strategic stability in Vienna. The meeting will be crucial for preserving and strengthening nuclear arms control. The delegations, headed by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov and U.S. Special Representative for Arms Control Billingslea, will discuss how to preserve the last remaining nuclear arms control accord, the New START treaty, which could expire in February 2021.

What are the prospects of New START extension? How can we avert the risk of a new nuclear arms race? How and when can Moscow and Washington bring China into nuclear arms control?

Three internationally renowned experts and members of the Deep Cuts Commission will address these and further questions in this Zoom briefing and Q&A.

Discussants are Lynn Rusten, Andrey Baklitskiy, and  tz Neuneck. Moderated by Oliver Meier. 

The Military Case for New START

With the U.S. decision in 2019 to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty, only one bilateral nuclear arms control treaty remains in force: the 2010 Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, commonly referred to as the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START. However, New START is set to expire in February 2021. The U.S. government is reportedly still considering whether to exercise the option to extend New START by up to five years. Deep Cuts Commissioner Lynn Rusten participated in a webinar together with Frank G. Klotz to discuss these matters, watch the full discussion here

Atomare Abrüstung: Geplantes Treffen zwischen den USA und Russland am 22. Juni in Wien

In German only

Die Regierungen in Washington und Moskau haben gestern ein erstes Gespräch auf Außenminister-Ebene für den 22. Juni in Wien angekündigt. Dabei soll es um eine mögliche Nachfolgeregelung für das im Februar nächsten Jahres endende Abrüstungsabkommen New START gehen - der letzte große atomare Abrüstungsvertrag zwischen den beiden Staaten. Hören Sie das vollständige Interview mit Deep Cuts Commissioner Götz Neuneck hier

The Prospects for U.S.-Russian Arms Control

The fact that all the nuclear arms control treaties between Moscow and Washington - except the New START treaty - are gone, is worrying. If the world has entered the stage of open competition between the nuclear-armed great powers, all sides should be interested in managing that competition in the safest possible way. This report aims to take stock of the current state of U.S.-Russian arms control (or the lack thereof ), evaluating possible alternatives - including a trilateral process with China and more flexible political agreements - and laying down the issues and possible trade-offs that will be on the negotiation table when or if Moscow and Washington once again decide to pursue arms control. In his latest report for CSIS, Deep Cuts Commissioner Andrey Baklitskiy examines the future prospects for U.S.-Russia arms control. Read the full report here

Nuclear Weapons in Europe after the INF Treaty

The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty was rightly regarded as one of the most important nuclear disarmament agreements. By eliminating all ground-based intermediate- and shorter-range missiles, the treaty resolved a tense nuclear standoff in Europe and helped end the Cold War by changing the security environment on the continent. After the INF treaty's demise in August 2019, the question is how to prevent further deterioration of the security climate and reduce the risk of a new nuclear arms race in Europe. In the latest Deep Cuts Issue Brief, Pavel Podvig analyzes how to approach these and further issues. Read the paper on nuclear weapons in Europe after the INF treaty here

New Document Consolidates Russia’s Nuclear Policy

"Rejoice nuclear strategy nerds!" writes Deep Cuts Commissioner Olga Oliker in her latest essay for Russia Matters. On June 2, the Russian Federation published a brand new document titled "Foundations of State Policy of the Russian Federation in the Field of Nuclear Deterrence". In this six-page document, Russia has laid out its official position on nuclear deterrence. This is the first time we’ve seen such a thing from Moscow. Any prior versions were classified. Olga's full analysis is available online here