New START and the Future of Arms Control Diplomacy and U.S.-Russian Relations

May 3, 2021, 4:00-5:15pm (registration required)

Join the Future of Diplomacy Project (FDP) and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic (PETR) relationship for a seminar about New START and the future of arms control diplomacy and U.S.-Russian Relations.

Today nine states possess nuclear arms, no more than a quarter-century ago, but control of these weapons globally remains a challenge that is about to get harder. While Presidents Biden and Putin signed an extension to the last remaining nuclear arms control pact, New START, on Jan. 26, 2021, for a period of five years, China, India, North Korea and Pakistan are all expanding and modernizing their nuclear forces. There is dismal progress towards global disarmament, which remains the aim of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the cornerstone of the nuclear order. Given the obvious tensions between Russia and the United States, is there sufficient common ground and interest for these two countries to drive the expansion of non-proliferation globally? Separate from the nuclear issues it is set to govern, what does this agreement signal about the future of U.S.-Russian relations?


Rose Gottemoeller, Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is Vice Chair of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.   

Doug Lute, Senior Fellow, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship and former United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s standing political body.