International Security in the Context of Nuclear Uncertainty. Expert Discussion
Valdai Discussion Club Conference Hall (Bolshaya Tatarskaya 42, Moscow, Russia)

On February 5, at 11:00, the Valdai Discussion Club will host an expert discussion, titled “International security in the context of nuclear uncertainty”.

The launch of the procedure of the United States’ withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) on February 2, 2019 will not only aggravate relations with Russia, but will also undermine one of the pillars of the modern international security system. In 2001, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty). In 2021, another agreement will be terminated – the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START III). The abrogation of agreements signed by the nuclear powers could lead to the destruction of the strategic stability principles, which ensured reliable control over strategic nuclear weapons and nuclear parity.

Do arms control agreements have a future or should we develop a new security system to meet the realities of the 21st century? Will the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty lead to a new arms race? What are the threats to Europe following America’s withdrawal from the INF Treaty? These and many other issues will be addressed by the discussion participants.


Dimitri Simes, president and CEO of The Center for the National Interest and publisher of the National Interest foreign policy magazine;

Valery Garbuzov, Director of the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


Andrei Sushentsov, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club.

Working languages: Russian, English.

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