Arms Control

Recent News

Records 24 / 33

What are hypersonic missiles and why do they matter?

November 2021

Following a recent test in China, Cameron Tracy talks to the BBC about a new breed of hypersonic missiles and whether they will make the world a more dangerous place.

China's Hypersonic Weapons Tests Don't Have to be a Sputnick Moment

October 2021

China conducted a series of tests with nuclear-capable hypersonic weapons systems that have gotten the attention of officials across the U.S. government. The tests included a hypersonic glide vehicle...

China's hypersonic missile test 'wake up call' for US

October 2021

The nuclear-capable missile flew through low-orbit space and circled the earth before landing about 40 km off target.

Go Bold or Go Home: The Nuclear Posture Review Must Give Biden Real Options

October 2021

The NPR must position President Biden to right-size America's nuclear forces and pursue arms control negotiations.

“The Courtroom of World Opinion”: Bringing the International Audience into Nuclear Crises

October 2021

What role does the international audience play in nuclear crises? Scholars of nuclear crises and deterrence have treated nuclear crises as dyadic interactions between two sides. However, states do...

The North Korean Nuclear Question Revisited: Facts, Myths and Uncertainties

September 2021

Facts are difficult to come by, myths are deeply ingrained, and uncertainties lurk everywhere — that, in short, is the nature of North Korea’s nuclear program.

The Future of Arms Control, With Rose Gottemoeller

August 2021

Rose Gottemoeller, former deputy secretary general of NATO and Payne distinguished lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for...

Reimagining the Open Skies Treaty: cooperative aerial monitoring

June 2021

From the moment, President Biden and President Putin extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in February, they created hope that although the US-Russian relationship is in dire...

Stanford Experts Weigh In on What to Expect at the Biden-Putin Summit

June 2021

Scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies hope that President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay the groundwork for negotiations in the near...

The Art of Negotiating Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons

June 2021

As Washington develops its negotiating approach, it should consult closely with allies, bearing in mind that the approach could have a major impact on their security perceptions.

Nuclear Arms Control in the 2020s

April 2021

As the United States, Russia and others figure out how to maintain and enhance strategic stability in a multi-player, multi-domain world, Washington and Moscow will continue to have a central role,...

‘A question of survival’: Canada and the Rapacki Plan for the denuclearisation of Central Europe, 1957–59

February 2021

In 1957, Poland proposed the Rapacki Plan for the denuclearisation of Central Europe. While North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members attacked the initiative, Canada viewed it as a means to...

U.S. and Russia agree to extend limits on nuclear arms

February 2021

The U.S. and Russia on Wednesday extended the only remaining treaty that limits the deployment of nuclear weapons. But did the agreement go far enough? Rose Gottemoeller, a distinguished lecturer at...

Should U.S. Missile Defenses Be a Part of Arms Control Negotiations With Russia?

January 2021

The Biden administration should consider whether the benefits to United States and allied security of limiting all nuclear weapons, including non-strategic nuclear arms, would justify accepting some...

Enhancing Strategic Stability: New START and Beyond

January 2021

Arms control offers a tool to enhance U.S. security.

Where Next On Nuclear Arms Control?

January 2021

For nearly five decades, nuclear arms control has been an exclusive enterprise between Washington and Moscow. The resulting agreements have provided significant constraints on the U.S.-Soviet (later...

Science diplomacy: The essential interdisciplinary approach

December 2020

In the issue which marks the start of the 75th year of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, respected strategic thinkers of this era explain where the Bulletin and its readers should focus their...

Unfinished business: Next steps on US-Russia arms control

December 2020

Despite a flurry of diplomatic activity over the late summer and early fall, the United States and Russia have yet to seal a deal on extending the New START treaty limiting their strategic nuclear...

How a US defense secretary came to support the abolition of nuclear weapons

December 2020

In the issue which marks the start of the 75th year of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, respected strategic thinkers of this era explain where the Bulletin and its readers should focus their...

Remembering history while planning the future of nuclear arms control

December 2020

A conversation on what could and should be done to restore and extend an arms control regime that has deteriorated in the last few years, as the United States and Russia have withdrawn from major...

How Should Biden Deal with Moscow? with Rose Gottemoeller and David J. Kramer

December 2020

Rose Gottemoeller and David J. Kramer join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss priorities and approaches to the new administration’s diplomacy with Moscow.

Clock is Ticking on New START Extension

December 2020

Rose Gottemoeller, who previously served as NATO’s deputy secretary-general and as U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, has long been an advocate of a five-year...

Reviving Nuclear Arms Control Under Biden

November 2020

The Biden presidency that begins in January will adopt some very different directions from its predecessor in foreign policy. One such area is arms control, particularly nuclear arms control with...

The looming US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

November 2020

The Trump administration’s antipathy toward arms control will strike again on November 22, when the United States withdraws from the Open Skies Treaty. That is a mistake.


steven pifer Steven Pifer William J. Perry Fellow
Betsy Cooper Betsy Cooper Affiliate
Adam Segal Adam Segal Affiliate