Online Event: Post-New START Arms Control: Lessons from a U.S.-Russia Bilateral Expert Dialogue
On January 21, the Biden administration announced that the U.S. would seek an unconditional, five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia. After the Kremlin welcomed this news and following a call with President Putin, the Duma ratified the treaty extension. Now the hard work begins. The New START Treaty remains the only bilateral arms control treaty between the United States and Russia following the withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Further transparency measures, such as those contained in the Open Skies Treaty (OST), have also ended with the U.S. withdrawal and subsequent announcement that Russia would also withdraw from the OST.
At the end of 2020, CSIS and the Moscow-based PIR Center hosted a virtual Track 2 Dialogue on strategic stability with leading Russian and American arms control experts. The Dialogue explored how the U.S. and Russia would use the extension of New START to begin to construct a new and modern arms control framework that would address a range of new technologies, cyber and space-based assets, doctrinal changes, particularly in relation to use of non-strategic and low-yield nuclear weapons, and the multilateral context in which these negotiations must now take place. These issues must be discussed against a background of deep distrust and a growing list of bilateral tensions. How will Washington and Kremlin use the next five years to achieve greater strategic stability and what are the prospects for a new arms control architecture or paradigm?
Please join CSIS for a conversation with two of the participants in the Track II dialogue, Amy Woolf, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, and Andrey Baklitskiy, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Studies at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry and a member of the Deep Cuts Commission, for a wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion on the future of U.S.-Russian arms control. Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, and Director of the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program will moderate.
This event is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.