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Gambit or Endgame? The New State of Arms Control

Alexei Arbatov | Carnegie Paper

Gambit or endgame?

The pursuit of nuclear arms control has enjoyed something of a renaissance recently, with the signing of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in spring 2010 in Prague.

Whether that momentum will dissipate after New START or lead to further nuclear arms control agreements depends on several factors: the new U.S. and Russian nuclear doctrines; the peculiarities of the recently signed and ratified New START agreement; the dynamics of obsolescence and modernization of U.S. and Russian strategic offensive forces; ballistic missile defense; Russia's perceptions of U.S. conventional strategic weapons; joint development of ballistic missile defenses with Russia; and non-strategic—that is, tactical—nuclear weapons. Full Article

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