At a February 7-8 workshop in Warsaw sponsored by the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Brookings senior fellow Steven Pifer presented a paper examining possible information-sharing and confidence-building measures regarding U.S. and Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons in Europe.
His paper also discussed useful antecedents from earlier arms control agreements. He concluded that data exchanges, including historical data related to the 1991-92 presidential nuclear initiatives, which eliminated thousands of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads; affirming policies of keeping non-strategic warheads “demated” or separate from delivery systems; and visits to former nuclear weapons storage sites could be useful first steps for the United States, Russia and NATO.
[Trump has] given Iran the moral high ground and that is an exceptionally difficult thing to do given the history and reality of Iran's misdeeds at home and in the region. It's just malpractice on the part of an American president.
The way the Trump administration is moving forward [with its Iran policy] is just so hostile to all aspects of Iran that it’s unlikely to produce any traction with the Iranian people or to encourage divisions within the system.