The strategic relationship between the United States and Russia remains at its lowest point since the Cold War. After 30 years of major reductions in nuclear arsenals to strengthen strategic stability, why is the world entering a new cycle of nuclear and related arms races that is multifaceted and multilateral, putting at risk the entire system of nuclear nonproliferation? Why are Russia and the United States further diverging in their understandings of the principles of stability? After years of joint efforts to eliminate incentives for a nuclear first strike against the other, why is such a scenario more likely today than at any point over the past 30 years?

Please join us as Dr. Alexey Arbatov, a leading Russian scholar and expert in the fields of international security and military affairs, offers his ideas on how to reverse these trends and renew a mutual understanding of strategic stability between the United States and Russia.

Dr. Arbatov is the head of the Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he was elected as a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Arbatov has played a leading role in the policy and politics of post-Soviet Russia, as a member of the Soviet delegation at START-1 negotiations and a member of the Russian Parliament (Duma) from 1994 to 2003. While in Parliament, he was deputy chairman of the Duma Defense Committee.