Nuclear Policy Talks: End of the INF

By | February 6, 2019

On February 2nd, the US announced it was withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which required destruction of US and Soviet ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers–the INF has long been considered central to the East-West arms control regime. In this Nuclear Policy Talk from the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University, Science and Security Board member Sharon Squassoni discusses the end of the INF Treaty with Anita Friedt (Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, US State Department) and Daryl Kimball (Executive Director, Arms Control Association). Will begin at 4:30 Eastern or soon after on February 2nd.


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Ian Turnbull

The abandonment of the INF Treat by the United States and Russia could precipitate a new nuclear arms race, says expert opinion from many quarters: when this is the last thing either country or the world needs. In this context, I commend to you, and everyone, two insights about the profound nature of nuclear energy and nuclear fission that flag up fruitful lines of inquiry as to the future security of the nuclear weapons. 1. Nuclear physics has determined how “four-interactive-forces” are at work in each and every atom. Indeed, it is on the basis of our knowledge of the objective… Read more »

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