Deep Cuts Working Paper #15 Truth or Dare: Transparency, Ambiguity, and Prospects for New International Commitments in the Nuclear Realm

By Olga Oliker, Franziska Stärk, Dmitry Stefanovich and Maren Vieluf


Examining the logic for and against nuclear weapons transparency and how it manifests itself in the attitudes and behaviors of nuclear weapon states and their allies, this working paper suggest measures to increase accountability and transparency – within and outside of the NPT framework. The authors conclude that in an uncertain and dangerous environment, greater transparency may be hard to reach but would retain evident benefits for stability and predictability.

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About the Authors

Olga Oliker is an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Deep Cuts Commissioner.

Franziska Stärk is a Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) where she works in the research and transfer project Arms Control and Emerging Technologies as well as in the Challenges to Deep Cuts project.

Dmitry Stefanovich is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO RAS).

Maren Vieluf is a Policy Consultant with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).