Nuclear arms control has been a major element of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, a subject which the president highlighted in his June 19 speech in Berlin. To help understand where the United States and Russia are on nuclear arms reductions, as well as possible next steps, Brookings Arms Control Initiative Director Steven Pifer has prepared a PowerPoint presentation that outlines the New START Treaty, possible next steps on strategic forces, non-strategic nuclear weapons and missile defense issues. This PowerPoint will be useful for anyone seeking a quick introduction to the intricate world of nuclear arms control.


The PowerPoint examines the status of nuclear arms control as of July 2013 and key issues facing future negotiations, including:

  • New START
  • Possible next steps on strategic forces
  • Non-strategic nuclear weapons
  • Missile defense issues
  • Future prospects

Editor’s Note: This PowerPoint, first posted in January 2012, has been updated to reflect developments of the first half of 2013.