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. It is in the interest of both sides that the Strategic Stability Dialogue (SSD) is effective and productive.


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.

Next steps should include

  • a further reduction in strategic arsenals
  • Averting a race in intermediate-range missiles
  • Extending arms control to include “tactical” nuclear weapons
  • Limiting strategic missile interceptors