Beyond Nuclear Deterrence: Transforming the US-Russian Equation

Alexei Arbatov and Vladimir Dvorkin discuss U.S. Russian relations and nuclear deterrence. What’s behind Putin’s proposal to President Bush to re-start nuclear arms negotiations? What is the Russian view of what needs to be done to extend START I? What is the current Russian view of whether or not the U.S. is acquiring a first-strike capability against the Russian nuclear arsenal? Two of the most knowledgeable and experienced Russian experts on nuclear security policy will offer a succinct analysis of the inherent contradictions of nuclear deterrence, and consider ways to loosen U.S.-Russian dependence on it.

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