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.
Officials have agreed on a venue to discuss arms control, but not an agenda.
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Executive director Daryl Kimball describes recent discussions by senior Trump administration officials to resume U.S. nuclear weapons testing and the effect such would have on global security and arms control. (May 29, 2020)
The treaty allows the 34 participating nations, including the United States and Russia, to fly unarmed observation aircraft over one another's territory, helping preserve a measure of transparency and trust and enhancing stability and reducing the risk of conflict.