OUT NOW: Deep Cuts Issue Brief #14 New START: Extension under what Circumstances?

New START: Extension under what Circumstances?

The New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START) is at risk of expiring on February 5, 2021. At the same time, there has been no substantial progress in negotiations on a follow-on nuclear arms control agreement. The Trump administration has offered a short-term extension of New START – should Russia agree to a freeze on all U.S. and Russian nuclear warhead stockpiles including non-strategic warheads and to be monitored by unspecified verification measures. This could pave the way to preserving New START, along with an agreement on a politically binding framework for a future agreement. But time appears too short to resolve all questions about the definition and verification of such an arrangement. With this bleak picture, what is the way forward to preserve strategic stability? What realistic scenarios and options exist to prevent a new arms race between Russia and the United States?

Read the latest Deep Cuts Issue Brief by Commissioners Anatoli S. Diakov, Götz Neuneck, Lynn Rusten here

OUT NOW: Deep Cuts Issue Brief #13 Russian-U.S. Strategic Stability Talks: Where they are and where they should go

Russian-U.S. Strategic Stability Talks: Where they are and where they should go

Over the decades, Moscow and Washington have held multiple rounds of consultations, dialogues, and negotiations on nuclear arms control and strategic stability. The current round of talks is different from the past, however, because of the dismantlement of the existing arms control architecture. Russia and the United States will soon find themselves in a situation where almost no area of military competition is regulated. This situation is a cause for concern because of the increased risks of crisis escalation and an unconstrained arms race. At the same time, the demise of traditional arms control opens the door to a broad spectrum of potential new arms control negotiations that are without precedent in the post-Cold War era. Should they muster the political will to do so, Russia and the United States now have greater freedom to restructure the arms control architecture, taking into account their interests and those of their allies as well as new technological developments.

  Read the latest Deep Cuts Issue Brief by Commissioners Andrey Baklitskiy, Oliver Meier, and Sarah Bidgood here

REGISTER NOW: Briefing on Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control with Rose Gottemoeller

Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control


November 4, 2020


10:00 - 11:00 AM Washington, D.C.
4:00 - 5:00 PM Berlin
 6:00 - 7:00 PM Moscow

Please register here and you will receive the Zoom ID and password.

Nuclear arms control faces an uncertain future. The last remaining nuclear arms control treaty, New START, will expire in February 2021, unless Moscow and Washington extend the accord. Looking beyond the near-term, bringing in additional actors, such as China, and capturing new technologies are some of the longer-term challenges.

One day after the U.S. Presidential elections, the Deep Cuts Project invites you to discuss these and related questions with Rose Gottemoeller, Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute. She will present her recommendations on how to move forward in the realm of nuclear arms control, based on her recent article Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control in the Washington Quarterly.

Deep Cuts Commissioners Andrei Zagorski, Head of the Department of Disarmament and Conflict Resolution at IMEMO, and Götz Neuneck, Senior Research Fellow at the IFSH, will comment on the proposals, to be followed by Q&A.

Moderated by Oliver Meier, Senior Researcher at the IFSH Berlin office.

OUT NOW: Deep Cuts Issue Brief #12 Incorporating Missile Defense in Strategic Arms Control

Incorporating Missile Defense in Strategic Arms Control

For some six decades, strategic ballistic missile defenses have played an integral role in the evolution of the strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington. Throughout this time, advocates of such defenses have depicted a future in which these weapons would reduce the risks of nuclear destruction. Yet the historical reality belies such predictions. For thirty years, the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty helped moderate pressures to expand nuclear arsenals. Following U.S. withdrawal from the treaty in 2002, the absence of constraints on these systems has made it more difficult to achieve stabilizing reductions in strategic offensive forces. With the world now on the cusp of a new nuclear arms race, these difficulties will increase. It is therefore imperative that strategic missile defense limits be incorporated directly into the structure of strategic arms control – for example, by developing an aggregate ceiling on offensive and defensive weapons.

Read the latest Deep Cuts Issue Brief by Commissioner Greg Thielmann here

To Reboot Arms Control, Start with Small Steps

After generations of careful and painstaking work to build a global arms control architecture, it is now collapsing. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, is the last legally binding treaty constraining the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals and unless extended, it will expire in less than six months. At the same time, nuclear stockpiles are on the rise, which can lead to a new nuclear arms race, putting every nation on this planet in danger. The situation is dire, but not inevitable or irreversible. Starting with an extension of New START and moving to constructive and fair dialogues on reducing nuclear risks, we can change our collective fate. Read the full article by Deep Cuts Commissioners Andrey Baklitskiy and Alexandra Bell together with Tong Zhao here

Deep Cuts Commission Mourns the Passing of Dennis M. Gormley

The Deep Cuts Commission is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dennis M. Gormley, our distinguished colleague and long-time member of the Deep Cuts Commission. In his research, Dennis focused on international security, arms control, and nonproliferation. His deep knowledge of delivery systems – especially of cruise missiles – lay the foundations for innumerable further research projects and will continue to strengthen our understanding of these issues for a long time. He will be very much missed as a colleague, friend, and trusted supporter of the Deep Cuts Project. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. The obituary to honor Dennis can be found here

Is Change Coming? Smartly Reshaping and Strengthening America’s Nuclear Deterrent

How might America’s nuclear weapons plans change in the years ahead? Buoyed by the revelation of President Donald Trump describing a potential secret new nuclear weapon system to Bob Woodward, continuing U.S.-Russian dialogue on nuclear weapons, and the upcoming November elections, experts are speculating about what the next four years may mean for U.S. nuclear policy. Read the latest article by Deep Cuts Commissioner Andy Weber and Christine Parthemore discussing these issues here

Creating an Opportunity to Withdraw U.S. Nuclear Weapons From Europe

Deep Cuts Commissioners Ulrich Kühn and Oliver Meier together with Pia Fuhrhop argue why and how a revitalized debate in Germany offers a path to reducing or removing U.S. nuclear weapons deployed in Europe. Read the full article in the latest Arms Control Today here