November 12 – 19, 2018, Washington (USA): Conferences within the framework of the project ‘Russian-American arms control in modern conditions’

From November 12 to 19, 2018, as part of the implementation of the ISCRAN project ‘Russian-American Arms Control in Modern Conditions’ with the support of Transneft PJSC, a delegation of the Institute of the USA and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences, consisting of the Director of Doctor of History Garbuzova V.N., scientific director of the military-political direction, candidate of technical sciences, retired Major General P.S. Zolotarev, leading researcher in the Department of military-political research, former chief of the Strategic Missile Forces General Staff, candidate of military. retired Colonel-General Esin V.I., Senior Researcher at the Department of Military-Political Studies of the former Chief Military Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO, Vice Admiral Retired Kuznetsov V.S., Leading Researcher at the Department of Political-Military Studies Political Science Sharikova P.A., Researcher, Department of Military-Political Studies A. Stepanova, Researcher, Department of Military-Political Studies, Ph.D. Anichkina T.B. under the supervision of ISCRAN, scientific leader, head of the international security section of the scientific council under the Security Council of the Russian Federation, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Rogova S.M. took part in 4 international seminars and meetings in Washington (USA), devoted to the problems and prospects of Russian-American relations, issues of strategic stability and the prevention of dangerous incidents, the prospects for maintaining the INF Treaty and extending the START-3 Treaty.

On the American side, the events were attended by major experts on arms control and international security issues, including former US Presidential Administration and US Department of State officials, as well as US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Anita Friedt.

On November 13, 2018, a joint seminar of the Center for International Studies and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM) and ISCRAN, “Current and emerging challenges to strategic stability and Russian-American relations,” was held. From the American side, reports were made by Congressional Research Fellow Amy Wolfe, former Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, B. Obama Administration Steve Fetter, CISSM Research Fellow Jaganat Sankaran, CISSM Senior Fellow, former Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research Teresa Hitchens, CISSM Senior Researcher Charles Harry and CISSM Director Nancy Gallager.

CISSM Workshop – ISCRAN:

On November 14, members of the ISCRAN delegation met with Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, as well as members of Congressional staff to discuss prospects for a Russian-American nuclear arms control regime. Within the framework of the meetings, they discussed the prospects for the development of Russian-American relations, in particular, the results of midterm elections in the United States and their possible impact on bilateral relations, raised issues of strategic stability and factors that have a decisive influence on it at present.

On November 15, a joint seminar of ISCRAN and the Nuclear Threat Initiative Initiative (NTI) Fund was held on the topic of Nuclear Weapons in the Information Age. The future of the INF Treaty and START-3. On the American side, it was attended by former Georgia Democratic Senator Samuel Nunn, former US Secretary of Energy Ernest Monitz, NTI honorary president, former US Deputy Secretary of Energy Charles Curtis, former employee of the Presidential and US Department of State Lynn Rastan, NTI Vice President for Science and Technology Paige Stoutland, NTI Nuclear Material Risk Reduction Program Officer Leon Ratz, NTI Vice President Global Biological Policy Elizabeth Cameron, Art. Senior Director of the Nuclear Material Risk Reduction Program Samantha Pitts-Kiefer, former US Representative to the United Nations Office at Vienna and the IAEA, Laura Holgate, former US President National Security Council Steve Andreasen.

NTI-ISCRAN Workshop:

A seminar on strategic stability was held on November 16, 2018, organized with the participation of ISCRAN and the US National Academy of Sciences. From the American side, reports were made by Chairman of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control Raymond Gianlo, former US Under Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Douglas Loverro, former commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command Center, Major General Robert Latiff.

Seminar of the US National Academy of Sciences and ISCRAN:

On November 16, 2018, a joint seminar ‘The Future of the Russian-American Arms Control Regime’ was held under the auspices of the Arms Control Association and ISCRAN.

Arms Control Association and ISCRAN Workshop:

From the American side, the event was attended by the Director of the Nuclear Crisis Prevention Group, the former Senior Director for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation of the US National Security Council under the President of the United States, John Wulfstahl, James Acton, Co-Director of the Carnegie Endowment for the Nuclear Policy Study Program, and the Center’s Senior Director for Politics Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Alexandra Bell, co-founder of the Global Zero movement Bruce Blair, former adviser to the Office of Science and Technology US Presidential Policy Matthew Bunn, former United States Ambassador to Germany and negotiator of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty Richard Burt, former Under Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation Thomas Countryman, President of the New American Security Center Richard Fontaine, Director of the Center International Studies and Security Studies at the University of Maryland Nancy Gallagher, former head of the US delegation to the negotiations x START and former US Ambassador James Goodby, Senior Program Officer, National Academy of Sciences Rita Gunter, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Studies Center for the New American Security Center Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, Daryl Kimball, Director Federation of American Scientists Nuclear Security Project Hans Christensen, Major General Robert Latiff, CNA Research Fellow Vincent Manzo, Former Assistant US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense Policy Brian McKeon, former Under Secretary of Defense for Politics Jim Miller, Director of the Disarmament and Threat Reduction Arms Control Association Kingston Reef, Researcher at the Atomic Energy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Relations School of Management. J. F. Kennedy, Harvard University Nicholas Roth, Global Zero Research Fellow Jessica Slate, Arms Control Association Research Associate Sherwin Teyran, Brookings Institution Center for US and European Studies Maggie Tennis, Carnegie Praney Foundation Nuclear Policy Program Research Fellow Waddy, former US ambassador to Russia and former NATO deputy secretary general Alexander Vershbow, Andrew Weiss, vice president of research at the Carnegie Endowment.

On November 17, 2018, the members of the ISCRAN delegation met with the President of the Potomac Foundation Philip Carber to discuss prospects for the development of Russian-American relations, US foreign policy, and arms control.

On November 18, 2018, ISKRAN employees took part in a working dinner with the participation of the Russian ambassador to the United States A.I. Antonova.

The project was implemented with the support of Transneft.

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