Post-START Negotiations   [open pdf - 912KB]

This issue is from the March 2010 issue of WMD Insights, a publication sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency "intended to provide timely and noteworthy unclassified information on international attitudes towards weapons of mass destruction and efforts to curb their proliferation." From the article: "Throughout 2009, President Barack Obama and his senior foreign policy advisers sought to 'reset' relations with Russia by, among other means, returning to the traditional approach toward bilateral strategic arms control negotiations pursued by U.S. administrations during the 1980s and 1990s. Early in the administration's term, two influential bipartisan study groups organized by the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Institute of Peace also endorsed negotiating additional U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control agreements. After an initial internal review and successful talks between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on March 6, the Obama administration decided to try to negotiate new limits on their long-range ballistic missiles and bombers before the START [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty] accord expired on December 5, 2009. The Russian government, having urged such talks for several years, concurred with this timeline. Meeting this ambitious goal proved too challenging. The December 5 deadline came and went without a new accord to take START's place. Russian and U.S. officials could not reach agreement regarding the precise number of strategic nuclear delivery vehicles (SNDV s) each side could retain, the number of warheads they could carry, the rules for counting these systems, how to verify any agreement, and other issues." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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WMD Insights (March 2010), no.32, p.32-41
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