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Washington University in St. Louis

Publication Date

Spring 2016

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Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy


The Russian Federation and the United States of America signed on April 8, 2010 the New START nuclear arms control treaty. The New START treaty replaced the lackluster SORT treaty in order to establish a nuclear agreement that would put new limits on numbers of weapons and delivery vehicles while also establishing an innovative framework for transparency and data transfer to allow confidence building between two countries that have not always seen eye-to-eye. Through academic analysis, treaty text, and four formal interviews, the context and trajectory of Russian-United States’ arms control treaties has formed to portray New START as a continuation of the arms control tradition initially established by the Soviet Union and the U.S. Although there are substantial threats to the implementation and productivity of the newest nuclear arms control treaty, New START has sustained and proves to be a significant connection between Russia and the United States. The ulterior motives for each country to ratify and maintain New START counterbalance so as to result in strategic stability.


American Politics | Diplomatic History | International Relations | Military History | Nuclear


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