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Beyond Nunn-Lugar

With so many analyses already available of U.S.-Russian cooperative threat reduction efforts it is not obvious why one should bother with yet another. There are, however, three good reasons for doing so.
Subtitle: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia
Publisher: Strategic Studies Institute
Date: 2002
Page Count: 0

Introduction – Henry Sokolski

  1. Beyond Nunn-Lugar: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia – Working Group on US -Russian Nonproliferation Cooperation
  2. The Foundations of Russian Strategic Power and Capabilities – Stephen J. Blank
  3. Russian Rule and Regional Military Inductrial Complexes – Ariel Cohen
  4. The Health and Future of Russia’s Population – Murray Feshback
  5. New Metrics for Denuclearization – Thomas B. Cochran
  6. Demilitarizing Russian Weapons Scientists: The Challenge – Mark Kramer
  7. Defense Conversion: How Far Can Russia Expand Small and Medium Enterprises – Mathew Partan
  8. Turning the Next Generation of Russian Away from Weapons Work – Thomas Riisager
    Report of NPEC’s Working Group on US-Russian Nonproliferation Cooperation (click here)

The current centerpiece of U.S.-Russian security collaboration is the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program. Costing nearly a billion dollars annually, this effort and the projects it supports have run for nearly a decade now and gained the kind of political, bureaucratic and budgetary support that has all but institutionalized them. Indeed, not only are they likely to continue for many more years, their success or failure has become identified with the future of U.S.-Russian cooperation generally.

Looking at the current state of these programs it is easy to see why. On the one hand, they have succeeded in helping Russia pay for the dismantlement and securing of a significant number of deployed strategic weapons systems and related research, production, and storage facilities. What they have yet to extend to, however, are the most worrisome of Russia’s strategic weapons activities – Moscow’s continued proliferation of missile and nuclear technology to those nations still at odds with the U.S., e.g., Iran, Iraq, and China.

For a .pdf download of this report, click here.