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

Relations between Russia and the West remain as fraught and tense as they were during the Cold War. At the same time, Russia and the United States have begun discussions on next steps in nuclear arms control. But how can Russia and the United States maintain verifiable limits on strategic nuclear warheads and work on other even harder questions?


Against the background of the postponed NPT Review Conference, the outcome of discussions in the US-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council and discussions in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Angela Kane, Daryl Kimball and Andrei Zagorski of the Deep Cuts Commission discussed these questions. The inputs were based on the Deep Cuts Commission Statement “How the U.S.-Russian Strategic Stability Dialogue Can and Must Make Progress”. Rüdiger Bohn, Deputy Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control of the Federal Foreign Office commented from a German perspective on ways to make progress on nuclear arms control and disarmament.


  • Angela Kane

    is a Senior Fellow at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. In addition, she holds a number of other functions, inter alia at the International Institute for Peace in Vienna, the Paris School of International Affairs, and the Tsinghua University in Beijing. Kane has served in many notable positions during her career at the United Nations, lastly as the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

  • Daryl G. Kimball

    is the Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA) since 2001, which is a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to public education and support of effective arms control measures pertaining to nuclear, chemical, biological, and conventional weapons based in Washington DC.

  • Andrei Zagorski

    Andrei Zagorski is Head of the Department of Disarmament and Conflict Resolution, Center for International Security at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), where he served as Vice-Rector (1992-1999).

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