Please join the Arms Control Association and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America on Monday, Nov. 8 for a one-day conference on Next Steps in Arms Control: Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense and NATO.
November promises to be a watershed month for U.S.-NATO-Russia issues. The U.S. Senate may vote on the New START treaty after it returns Nov. 15 and the NATO Lisbon Summit on Nov. 19-20 will address both tactical nuclear weapons and regional missile defense. After that, President Obama has said he wants to pursue an agreement with Russia covering strategic and tactical weapons, and NATO may launch a year-long review of its nuclear and missile defense policies. Meanwhile, the U.S. Phased Adaptive Approach missile defense system is moving ahead in Europe and the United States and Russia are discussing ways to cooperate on missile defense.
New START Chief Negotiator Rose Gottemoeller will give a lunch keynote address, with panelists including prominent U.S. experts Joan Rohlfing, Nuclear Threat Initiative; and Amb. Richard Burt, START I Chief Negotiator. International speakers include Adam Kobieracki, Polish Department of Foreign Affairs; Jirí Šedivý, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning; and Eugene Miasnikov, Moscow Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies, among others.
9:00 - Welcome and Introductions
- Ralf Fücks, President, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
- Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, ACA
9:15-10:45 - Panel 1: Next Steps in U.S.-Russian Arms Reductions
After New START, how can the United States and Russia further reduce their nuclear arsenals? What factors will influence U.S. and Russian views on strategic and tactical weapons?
- Daryl Kimball, ACA
- Joan Rohlfing, President and Chief Operating Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative
- Amb. Richard Burt, former Chief Negotiator, START I; U.S. Chair, Global Zero
- Eugene Miasnikov, Moscow Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies
10:45-12:15 - Panel 2: Tactical Nuclear Weapons and NATO
What will the forthcoming Strategic Concept mean for tactical nuclear weapons deployments and use policy in NATO? How can key countries move ahead, individually and as a group, to initiate steps to consolidate and reduce tactical weapons?
- Catherine Kelleher, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland
- Oliver Meier, ACA and Hamburg Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy
- Marek Szczygieł, Deputy Director, Security Policy Department, Polish Department of Foreign Affairs
- Jan Lodal, former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
12:15-12:30 - Break
12:30-1:30 - Lunch Keynote Address
- Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance; Chief Negotiator, New START
1:30-3:00 - Panel 3: Missile Defense and NATO
What role might NATO play in regional missile defense? How can the United States, NATO and Russia cooperate on missile defense to facilitate further progress on arms reductions?
- Tom Z. Collina, Research Director, ACA
- Eric Desaultes, Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen O. Tauscher
- Jirí Šedivý, former Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning
- Greg Thielmann, Senior Fellow, ACA
3:00 - Close