Feb 10

Past Event

New START at One Year: Implementation and Looking to the Future

Event Materials



  • U.S. and NATO Looking Toward Further Reductions

    Ted Warner, U.S. Department of Defense: The U.S. and NATO want to see more changes in nuclear weapons policy and are engaging in studies and programs that will hopefully lead to further reductions.

  • Reducing and Eliminating Weapons Caches

    Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Department of State: The Obama administration is convinced that nuclear weapons caches must be reduced even more and ultimately eliminated.

  • Mutual Assurance of Compliance

    Michael Elliott, U.S. Department of Defense: The nuclear facility inspections reassure both the U.S. and Russia that the other side is abiding by the terms of the treaty.


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The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entered into force in February 2011. How are the United States and Russia managing its implementation after one year? Although presidential elections in both countries complicate the arms control agenda in 2012, what are the possible next steps on strategic force reductions?

On February 10, the Arms Control Initiative at Brookings will host a discussion of New START, its implementation and next steps. In the first panel, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller, Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) for Arms Control and Stability Ted Warner and Joint Staff Deputy Director for Strategic Stability Michael Elliott will discuss how the treaty’s implementation has worked thus far and what next steps the U.S. government is considering. In the second panel, James Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Jan Lodal of the Atlantic Council will share their views on the future of the strategic nuclear reductions process and factors that could affect that process. Brookings Senior Fellow Steven Pifer, director of the Arms Control Initiative, will moderate both panels.

After each panel, participants will take audience questions.

Event Agenda


February 10, 2012

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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