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The Obama Administration and Moscow had barely exchanged the paperwork to implement the newly ratified New START arms control treaty when some startling revelations came to light. As several U.S. Senators and experts had posited before it was ratified, these revelations indicate the treaty will negatively impact U.S. missile defenses and transatlantic relations. British media reported that the Administration had agreed to supply Russia with sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent in order to secure its support for the treaty. Russian media continue to quote key Russian officials affirming the treaty will constrain U.S. efforts to deploy missile defenses. And news reports reveal that Russia did in fact simulate the use of battlefield nukes not covered by the treaty against NATO member Poland in its war game Zapad 2009.
The Administration is now looking to a new round of arms control negotiations with Russia. What the outcome might be, and what lessons learned they and the Senate should take from the New START negotiations, remain unclear. Please join our distinguished experts as they explore what we now know and what’s next.
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Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and former Assistant Secretary of Defense
Kim Holmes, Ph.D.
Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
F.M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Ted Bromund, Ph.D.
Margaret Thatcher Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation