The research is aimed at analyzing the military-technical aspects of strategic offensive arms control. By reviewing the nuclear doctrines and the available open-source data on the two countries’ respective nuclear arsenals, the author analyzes the impact of the New START Treaty implementation on the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals as well as discusses the potential implication of the two countries’ nuclear forces modernization programs on the future arms control agreements. The paper is structured into four sections, discussing the state and development of Russian and U.S. nuclear forces in 2011-2021, the two countries’ nuclear forces modernization plans and relevant discussions within expert and policymaking communities.


AUKUS, Russian-American talks in Geneva, JCPOA, gender in international security, CTBTO - these and other topics were touched upon and explored by our authors in the new issue of the electronic journal "Yaderny Kontrol". 


"I think world politics makes sense if we believe in the idea of progress. You know, it seems to me that there are two views of the world: cyclical – everything develops in a circle, there are cycles of peace and war, all states are created and disintegrate – and then, it seems to me, there is no special meaning in international politics. But there is another point of view: everything is spiraling, the world is becoming more humane and stable. And then progress can be considered the meaning. This idea is closer to me," – Andrey Kortunov, Director General of RIAC.

Roadmap for Russia – U.S. Cooperation 2018

As part of the joint project by PIR Center and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) on the U.S.-Russia dialogue on the NPT Review Process, graduate students of the second and third cohorts of the Dual Degree Program in WMD Nonproliferation Studies, established by MGIMO University and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in 2016 in partnership with and at the initiative of PIR Center, prepared a roadmap for Russia – U.S. cooperation. 

The students presented the roadmap during an online seminar between PIR Center and CNS held on November 27, 2018.

 The roadmap is meant to answer two questions: 

1. What are the key challenges to the NPT and its three pillars – nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy?  

2. What should Russia and the United States do in order to strengthen the NPT and secure a successful NPT Review Conference in 2020? 

The roadmap consists of three parts, each being devoted to a pillar of the NPT. This exercise is meant to bring attention of the next generation of specialists to the issues of the NPT review process, to maintain a sustainable cooperative engagement of U.S. and Russian expert communities in addressing challenges to the NPT in the years to come, and to brainstorm new ideas on securing success for the NPT review process and for the regime established by the Treaty.