Pavel Podvig, PhDAffiliate
Pavel Podvig: A new paper examines Russia's nuclear security policyCISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (Ifri)
As Russia and the United States reduce their nuclear arsenals, their relationship has undergone a complex transformation toward cooperation mixed with suspicion and rivalry, writes Pavel Podvig in a recently published paper. "The focus of Russia’s nuclear policy, however, has remained essentially unchanged."
Pavel Podvig: Offense and defense after new STARTCISAC in the news: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on January 6, 2010
"New START is the last 'traditional' arms control agreement in that it exclusively deals with the two largest nuclear weapons states and their strategic nuclear weapons," writes CISAC affiliate and former research associate Pavel Podvig in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. "Further steps toward nuclear disarmament will require dealing with a range of different issues, and difficult issues in their own right -- from tactical nuclear weapons and conventional strategic launchers to nuclear warheads in storage and the arsenals in other nuclear weapon states. Success in dealing with these matters will depend on whether the United States and Russia find a way around a problem that will quite likely dominate the debate: missile defense."
CISAC in the news: The Sunday Times (London) on April 25, 2010
Prompt Global Strike (PGS) is a nonnuclear hypersonic weapons program under consideration by the Obama administration. It has alarmed China and Russia and complicated nuclear arms reduction talks. Read more »
CISAC in the news: The New York Times on March 30, 2010
The nub is how to count warheads. While the treaty will count the actual number of warheads deployed on land- and sea-based ballistic missiles, it will count each heavy bomber as a single warhead, even though they can carry far more. "It's creative accounting," CISAC's Pavel Podvig states. Read more »
In Moscow, Obama to focus on arms controlCISAC in the news: Washington Post on July 6, 2009
CISAC's Pavel Podvig and Dean Wilkening commented on some of the challenges President Obama was likely to face regarding the replacement of the START I Treaty during the Moscow Summit with Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev July 6-8, 2009.