Meeting Summary

The Future of Russian-US Strategic Arms Reductions: START III and Beyond

A Meeting Jointly Sponsored by the Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the MIT Security Studies Program

The Royal Sonesta Hotel
Cambridge, Massachusetts
February 2 - 6, 1998

Published in June, 1998

About | Contents | Meeting Schedule | Participants | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4-5

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About the Report

This report summarizes a joint U.S.-Russia meeting on the future of U.S. Russian nuclear arms reductions held in Cambridge, Mass. from February 2-6, 1998. The meeting was co-sponsored by the MIT Security Studies Program and the Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. The meeting was supported by funding to the MIT group from the W. Alton Jones, MacArthur, and Ford Foundations.

Russian participants of the conference included Rear Admiral Alexei Ovcharenko (Russian Navy), Petr Romashkin and Valeri Yarynich (Defense Committee staff, the State Duma), Prof. Anatoli Diakov (Director of the Center in MIPT), Timur Kadyshev, Eugene Miasnikov and Pavel Podvig (the Center in MIPT). From the U.S. side the conference was attended by Ambassador James Goodby, Michael Stafford (U.S. State Department), Major General Roland Lajoie (recently - Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for CTR program), Prof. Frank von Hippel (Princeton University), Prof. Theodore Postol (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Rear Admiral Robert Wertheim (consultant on national security issues), Bruce Blair (Brookings Institution) and many other arms control experts.

This report is not a transcript of the meeting, but is summary based on notes taken by rapporteurs at the meeting.


Meeting Schedule

Day 1

Session 1: Projected Forces With and Without Start II (David Mosher, Paul Podvig)
Session 2: Projected Forces With and Without Start II (Paul Podvig)
Session 3: Objectives of Future Reductions (Ted Postol)
Session 4: Objectives of Future Reductions (Eugene Miasnikov)

Day 2

Session 5: Objectives of Future Reductions (Petr Romashkin)
Session 6: Objectives of Future Reductions (Harold Feiveson)
Sessions 7,8: Dismantlement and Irreversibility (Jim Goodby, Roland Lajoie, Anatoli Diakov)

Day 3

Session 9: Tactical Nuclear Weapons (Timur Kadyshev)
Session 10: Tactical Nuclear Weapons (Steve Fetter)
Session 11: Modifying Operational Practices (Bruce Blair, Frank von Hippel)
Session 12: Modifying Operational Practices (Valeri Yarynych)

Day 4

Sessions 13, 14: Implications of Defenses for Reductions (Lisbeth Gronlund, Paul Podvig)
Session 15: A Russian Naval Perspective (Aleksey Ovcharenko)
Session 16: Next Steps

Day 5

Session 17: Next Steps (continued)

For more information, please, contact Prof. Theodore Postol (617-253-8077, U.S.A.) or Prof. Anatoli Diakov (095-408-6381, Russia).

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