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Looking Forward on Nuclear Arms Control

Arms control has returned to the center of U.S.-Russian relations with the signing of the New START Treaty by Presidents Obama and Medvedev. The focus now turns to ratification. The treaty is a key pillar of the Obama administration’s broader strategy for tackling the challenge posed by nuclear weapons; other pillars include the Nuclear Posture Review, the Washington Nuclear Security Summit and the Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference. These measures all underscore the vision that President Obama laid out one year ago in Prague of reducing nuclear weapons, limiting their role and ultimately moving to a world free of nuclear arms.

On May 5, the Arms Control Initiative at Brookings hosted a conference looking forward on nuclear arms control. The conference featured a panel on the New START Treaty, keynote remarks on the Obama administration’s overall strategy for managing nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation, and a panel on moving to a nuclear-free world.

After each panel, participants took audience questions.


10:00 AM - 11:45 AMPanel 1: The New START Treaty


Rose Gottemoeller

Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security - Department of State


Thomas Moore

Minority Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

12:00 PM - 1:00 PMKeynote Remarks: The Obama Administration’s Approach to the Nuclear Challenge


Jon Wolfsthal

Special Advisor to the Vice President for Non-Proliferation and Director for Non-Proliferation

1:30 PM - 3:00 PMPanel 2: The Challenges of Moving Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

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