Leadership

Resetting U.S.-Russian Leadership On Nuclear Arms Reductions And Non-Proliferation

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Executive Summary

U.S.-Russian relations have been "Reset" over the past eleven months, and the renewed bilateral negotiations on reducing strategic nuclear forces have played a major role in this. At the beginning of 2010, Washington and Moscow are getting close but must still complete the STrategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) follow-on treaty. They face, moreover, a busy calendar topped by the April nuclear security summit in Washington and May Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference. Clearly, nuclear arms reductions and non-proliferation will be major themes in the coming year, and this is a key reason why the authors established the Brookings Arms Control Initiative at the end of 2009.

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