May, 2020
Arms Control in the COVID-19 Era: No Next Step Without New START
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Zwack, Peter B.
From the Document: "While the world's attention is riveted on the deadly COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, another urgent existential threat is quietly growing in the background: the steady termination of nuclear arms control treaties between the United States and the Russian Federation and the absence of new arms control negotiations. The robust programs and treaties that emerged in the decades following the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis have fallen by the wayside, leaving us with only one treaty limiting nuclear weapon stockpiles. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is scheduled to expire on February 5, 2021. If New START is allowed to expire without extension, revision, or replacement, we will suddenly find ourselves at risk of a new arms race in an uncertain post-COVID-19 world order that could prove even more dangerous than the depths of the Cold War."
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  • Author
    Zwack, Peter B.
  • Publisher
    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Report Number
    Kennan Cable No. 50
  • Date
    May, 2020
  • Copyright
    Wilson Center. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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  • Media Type
  • Subjects
    COVID-19 (Disease)
    Nuclear arms control
    Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (2010 April 8)
  • Resource Group
    Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
  • Series
    COVID 19 Resources

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