The stakes could not be higher. The untimely death of New START with nothing to replace it would open the door to a costly and dangerous new quantitative U.S.-Russian nuclear arms race.
For the first three and a half years of President Donald Trump’s term in office, he and his team have dithered and delayed on nuclear arms control matters.
U.S. demands for new nuclear restrictions appear to foreshadow the demise of the last remaining U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control treaty.
Recent changes to the CWC empower the treaty’s implementing organization to undertake more stringent reviews of certain chemicals.
The Trump administration eases demand for Chinese participation in new arms control talks.
Treaty parties have begun to discuss how the agreement will work if the United States withdraws in November.
Russia maneuvered a satellite in July to within “abnormally close proximity” of a U.S. satellite, according to the U.S. Space Command.
Prospects remain dim for extending New START or engaging China in nuclear arms control efforts.
Russia publicly releases its nuclear deterrence policy for the first time.
The nuclear adversaries have recently increased flights of strategic bombers near each other’s borders.
Three and a half years since taking office, the Trump administration has failed to develop, let alone pursue, a coherent nuclear arms control strategy. The administration’s official nuclear policy document, the “2018 Nuclear Posture Review,” barely discusses arms control as a risk reduction tool.