This occasional publication tracked and analyzed the latest developments surrounding U.S.-Russian arms control and strategic stability, including news on negotiations and the status of key agreements. It has been superseded by the Nuclear Disarmament Monitor.
Russia expresses willingness to extend New START without preconditions by the year's end, leaving the next move up to the Trump administration. The United States tests a second missile once banned by the INF Treaty, and France rejects Russia's proposal on an INF-range missile moratorium but expresses support for holding security talks with Moscow. The Trump administration's debate over the Open Skies Treaty, meanwhile, continues.
Russia increasingly expresses frustrations about the U.S. stance on New START and makes a statement on some of Moscow's new weapons that the treaty would cover. In other news, Japan states that it would not host intermediate-range missiles, the Trump administration has pumped the brakes on withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, and more staff shake-ups at the State Department and National Security Council.
News emerges that the Trump administration may withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty by the end of October. Plus, NATO rejects a proposal from Russia regarding a moratorium on INF range missiles, the State Department releases new data on New START, and the United States confirms the cause of the August explosion in Russia.
Following the end of the INF Treaty, the United States tests a ground-launched cruise missile, and Bolton is out as National Security Advisor. Meanwhile, a mysterious explosion occurs off the coast of Russia sparking nuclear concerns.
With U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty and New START extension "unlikely" despite support from senators, new Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urges new missile deployment to Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, the House and Senate NDAAs differ on how to handle Russian arms control.