Volume 1, Number 31
One of the biggest ironies in the debate over ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is that critics use the agreement's treatment of missile defense as an excuse to oppose Senate approval. In reality, New START is conspicuous for its lack of significant constraints on strategic ballistic missile defenses. The Barack Obama administration's negotiation of a missile-defense-friendly-treaty is particularly remarkable considering that missile defense constraints appear to have been an important objective of the Russian negotiators.
Transcript of the third panel at "Next Steps in Arms Control," a conference hosted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Arms Control Association. Speakers include Greg Thielmann, Eric Desautels, Jiri Sedivy, and Tom Z. Collina.
November promises to be a watershed month for U.S.-NATO-Russia issues. 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.
Transcript now available.
Ahead of next year’s planned deployment of a
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters after NATO’s Oct. 14 foreign and defense ministers meeting in Brussels, “I believe we are nearing a consensus at the Lisbon summit for NATO to have a capability to defend all of NATO-Europe against the threat of a missile attack,” adding that he hopes “that soon we can add territorial missile defense cooperation to the list” of issues on the NATO-Russia agenda.
Since the 1980s,