Since the outbreak of the crisis in the Ukraine in 2014, a new and dangerous frost period continues to develop between NATO and Russia. It noticeably contains elements of the Cold War. Both conventional and nuclear arms control do not seem to fulfil their purpose of building confidence and limiting armament any longer, but are facing an enduring, structural crisis. Instead of relying on the regulatory tools of cooperative security, Europe as well as the international community seem to be at the brink of a new conventional and nuclear arms race. The termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was only one act of many with regard to the erosion of the arms control platform, which could end in the collapse of the bipolar nuclear arms control agenda.
Through a number of timely workshops and reports, the Commission provides decision-makers as well as the interested public with concrete policy options based on realistic analysis and sound research. Since it was established in 2013, the Commission is coordinated in its deliberations by the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), the Arms Control Association (ACA), and the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO, RAN) with the active support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Throughout the current sixth phase of the Deep Cuts project (2019-2021), the work of the Commission will be closely oriented towards the day-to-day political developments of the international arms control crisis and thus be able to react to new developments in a timely manner. The focus will be on the INF Treaty and possible options after its demise, the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), European security architecture including conventional arms control, nuclear modernization programs, and the future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) with a view to the 2020 Review Conference. The Deep Cuts Project will publish various Working Papers and Issue Briefs on these matters.
In addition, the Deep Cuts Commission will not only hold meetings in Washington, D.C. and participate in the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference 2019, but also carry out side events both at the 2019 NPT Preparatory Committee and at the 2020 NPT Review Conference, and organize panel discussions in Berlin, Brussels, and Moscow.