Pavel Podvig

Pavel Podvig

Articles by Pavel Podvig

2 July 2007

Why START is important

Pavel Podvig

The new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that Russia tested at the end of May probably sealed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty's (START) fate. The missile, named RS-24, appears to be a multiple-warhead version of the Topol-M ICBM that Russia has deployed for about a decade. A move toward a Topol-M with multiple warheads was all but inevitable, but not expected until START expires in December 2009.

22 May 2007

The U.S. and Russia's "ludicrous" missile defense rhetoric

Pavel Podvig

Welcome to the latest version of the missile defense debate, which doesn't sound all that different from the superpower posturing of the Cold War.

29 April 2007

Boris Yeltsin's arms control legacy

Pavel Podvig

Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first president, was never a cold warrior. Although he made his Soviet career in the Urals, the traditional stronghold of military-related heavy industry, his real background was in civilian construction. He ran the Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) region in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a Communist Party boss, and although he was summoned to lead the Moscow party organization in December 1985, he hardly had an opportunity to involve himself in the details of the U.S.-Soviet nuclear superpower confrontation.

23 April 2007

A U.S.-Russian missile defense cooperative?

Pavel Podvig

Oddly enough, the U.S.-Russian row over missile defense is exactly what needed to happen for the two countries to start talking again.

25 March 2007

Behind Russia and Iran's nuclear reactor dispute

Pavel Podvig

Moscow has long helped Tehran with its nuclear power program, especially the reactor at Bushehr. So why the sudden change of heart?

25 February 2007

Missile defense: The Russian reaction

Pavel Podvig

The row over U.S. intentions to deploy elements of its missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic has the potential of bringing U.S.-Russian relations--not to mention bilateral arms control--to a new low. Russia has disapproved of the scheme ever since the United States first went public with the system about two years ago. But despite sounding angry, Russia remained calm, arguing that it already possessed the technology to deal with the interceptors the United States planned to place in Eastern Europe.

8 January 2007

Life after START

Pavel Podvig

With the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expiring in 2009, neither Russia nor the United States appear interested in further nuclear cuts.

1 July 2005
The Russian early warning system is in tatters, which is precisely why it works.