Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament


Nuclear Agenda Rising to Top of World Issues in 2010

Paul Lettow interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

A CFR expert on nuclear issues, Paul Lettow says President Obama's agenda will be heavily tilted toward nuclear issues in 2010. He says this is "the ideal moment for strong American leadership on these issues," and despite Obama's disappointment in not wrapping up a new START treaty by the end of the year, Lettow expects the treaty to be signed in early 2010.

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Academic Conference Call: Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime (Audio)

Speaker: Charles D. Ferguson
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to Charles D. Ferguson, the Philip D. Reed senior fellow for science and technology at CFR, discuss U.S. nuclear weapons policy and strengthening the nonproliferation regime with students as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.

Learn more about CFR's Academic Initiative.

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The Joint Understanding for the START Follow-on Treaty

On July 6, Presidents Medvedev and Obama signed a Joint Understanding to guide the remainder of the negotiations.  The Joint Understanding commits the United States and Russia to reduce their strategic warheads to a range of 1500-1675, and their strategic delivery vehicles to a range of 500-1100.  Under the expiring START and the Moscow treaties the maximum allowable levels of warheads is 2200 and the maximum allowable level of launch vehicles is 1600.

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Press Conference of President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia and Joint Report of U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission

President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met on July 6, 2009, in Moscow to discuss nuclear security and the START treaty. They implemented an annual report from the U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission to increase collaboration on a broader range of international issues.

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North Korea's Nuclear and Missile Tests and Six-Party Talks: Where Do We Go From Here?

Author: Scott A. Snyder

Scott A. Snyder testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment; and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. His testimony addresses North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests and Six-Party talks.

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