Oct 15

Past Event

Sustaining U.S.-Russian Leadership on Nuclear Security

Event Materials



  • Iran and Limits on Proliferation

    Strobe Talbott: Iran''s nuclear buildup illustrates that one of the best ways to limit proliferation is to control the number of countries that are allowed to have nuclear weapons.

    Strobe Talbott and Steven Pifer

  • Missile Defense

    Steven Pifer: On missile defense, focus only on medium and short range missiles, guidelines for responding to missile attacks and greater transparency between the U.S. and Russia.

    Strobe Talbott and Steven Pifer

  • No Sweetheart Deals

    Joseph Cirincione, The Ploughshares Fund: There''s no place for sweetheart deals in nuclear negotiations; Pakistan wants one and should be turned down. The U.S. and Russia must insist that all countries are held to the same standards.

    Strobe Talbott and Steven Pifer


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In the first five months of 2010, the United States and Russia signed the New START Treaty, cooperated at the April nuclear security summit on a plan to secure all fissile materials globally, and helped promote a successful Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in May. In discussions over the summer, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) Director Alexander Dynkin, former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and Brookings President Strobe Talbott exchanged views on steps that Washington and Moscow could take, while awaiting ratification of New START, to build on the progress of early 2010.

On October 15, the Arms Control Initiative at Brookings hosted a discussion of how the U.S. and Russia can shape a more secure nuclear future and promote a stronger relationship between the two countries. Panelists included Brookings President Strobe Talbott, Ploughshares Fund President Joseph Cirincione and Senior Fellow Steven Pifer, director of the Arms Control Initiative. The event marked the release of the Brookings-Institute of World Economy and International Relations paper, “Next Steps on U.S.-Russian Nuclear Negotiations and Nuclear Non-Proliferation.”

Brookings Fellow Vanda-Felbab Brown provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.

Event Agenda


October 15, 2010

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

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