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BRIEFING: How U.S. and Russian Leaders Can Avoid Renewed Nuclear Tensions
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Russia and the West are on the brink of a renewed confrontation. Key pillars of mutual restraint are in jeopardy, including the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the 2010 New START agreement. 

At the same time, Washington and Moscow are heavily investing in new and redundant nuclear systems that exceed their respective deterrence requirements. Both NATO and Russia are ramping up their defenses in the Baltic region, with close military encounters increasing the chances of a dangerous miscalculation.

Without renewed and sober dialogue and restraint on the part of both sides, we may see a return to the harrowing crises of the Cold War-era.

Three members of the Deep Cuts Commission, a 21-member experts group from the United States, Russia, and Germany, will present their perspectives and proposals for how Presidents Trump and Putin can chart a safer course.

When and Where:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
National Press Club, First Amendment Room
529 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Speakers include:

  • Sergey Rogov, Director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Walter J. Schmid, former German Ambassador in Moscow (2005-2010) 
  • Steven Pifer, Director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative
  • Daryl Kimball, Director, Arms Control Association, Moderator

The Deep Cuts Commission's most recent report, published June 2016, is available online





Posted: March 22, 2017