The INF Treaty at 30: Origins, Impact, and Challenges

December 9, 2017

The negotiation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was a turning point in the Cold War. It did not come easily, and only after extended high-stakes diplomacy and politically fractious deployment of new US nuclear missiles in Europe. But after the “global zero” breakthrough, the US and the Soviet Union agreed to eliminate their entire class of intermediate-range missiles, globally and permanently. Today, this cornerstone arms control treaty is being challenged by Russia's deployment of a treaty-violating cruise missile, and US military commanders in the Pacific have raised concerns that large numbers of intermediate-range missiles deployed by China are not constrained by the treaty.

On the 30th anniversary of the INF Treaty’s signing, a distinguished panel will discuss its negotiation and international security impact, current challenges to the Treaty, and possible responses. 

Panelists

Dr. Susan Koch, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Threat Reduction Policy, Former Director for Proliferation Strategy, National Security Council

Hon. Walter B. Slocombe, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Amb. Alexander R. Vershbow, Former Ambassador to Russia & Deputy Secretary-General of NATO

Moderator: Jeffrey Pryce, FPI Fellow & SAIS Professorial Lecturer

On the 30th anniversary of the INF Treaty’s signing, a distinguished panel will discuss its negotiation and international security impact, current challenges to the Treaty, and possible responses. 

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