The Ukraine crisis and broader deterioration in West-Russia relations pose acute threats of unintended clashes between Russian and NATO military forces and continue to deflate hopes for significant near-term progress in nuclear arms control. At the same time, arms control is key to avoiding undesirable and unintended consequences of current tensions. In order to achieve a verified termination of the violent conflict in Ukraine and arrest the slide of NATO and Russia toward a potentially more dangerous situation, it will be necessary to employ a broad set of arms control and confidence-building measures in several areas. Click here ...

In an exchange with Matthew Kroenig in the IISS Survival, Deep Cuts Commissioner Pifer argues that "NATO faces a Russian security challenge that it had hoped had ended with the conclusion of the Cold War. The Alliance’s security holiday is over. NATO needs to take prudent steps to bolster its deterrent and defence capabilities, particularly in the Central European and Baltic region. Those steps, however, should focus on enhancing the Alliance’s conventional forces, not its nuclear capabilities." Click here ...

In an op-ed for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Deep Cuts Commissioner Oliver Meier argues: "The Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of April 2 are a huge step towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program. Four weeks ahead of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, the Lausanne agreement is potentially also a shot in the arm for the NPT." Click here ...

On April 30, Deep Cuts Commissioners Mizin, Neuneck, and Pifer will present the 2nd Deep Cuts Report "Strengthening Stability in Turbulent Times" at the side-lines of the NPT Review Conference in New York. The event will take place at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and will start at 1.15pm. Please RSVP through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shortly before the start of the 2015 NPT Review Conference, Deep Cuts Commissioner will release their 2nd Report, entiteled "Strengthening Stability in Turbulent Times". The report will contain 15 key recommendations and a number of additional timely measures to address the current downturn in West-Russian relations as well as how to follow up on the goal of global nuclear disarmament. The report will be available on-line at this web page.

Am 9. April gab "Deep Cuts" Kommissionsmitglied Ulrich Kühn ein Interview für das Polit-Magazin "Monitor" der ARD. In der Sendung ging es um die neue Gafhr eines Atomkriegs in Europa vor dem Hintergrund der Modernisierung amerikanischer und russischer Nuklearwaffen. Das volle Interview finden Sie on-line unter click here ...

The lack of serious engagement on behalf of the nuclear weapon states (NWS) to eliminate their nuclear weapons, as required by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), however, is more and more being criticized by the non-nuclear weapon states (NNWS). Their patience is running out of steam, and, crucially, they have found leverage in the form of the so-called humanitarian initiative, including the prospect of banning nuclear weapons. The upcoming five-yearly NPT Review Conference - from 27 April to 22 May 2015 in New York - will be a test of the strength of the humanitarian initiative as well as an indication whether the NWS have understood the message. Click here ...

Organized by the Arms Control Association and the Brookings Institution, Deep Cuts Commissioners met for an Experts Roundtable on March 25th at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. At this informal meeting Steven Pifer, Victor Mizin and Götz Neuneck gave short presentations about the challenges confronting U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control and the potential for further nuclear risk-reduction measures. Around 20 arms control experts and practitioners, as well as interested representatives of the U.S. philanthropic community as well as Commissioners Thielmann, Kelleher, Acton and Kühn attended the two-hour meeting to discuss preliminary recommendations of the upcoming 2nd Report of the Commission (to be released in April).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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