A Farewell to Arms Control? How to Restore a Critical Security Safeguard

A Farewell to Arms Control? How to Restore a Critical Security Safeguard

Virtual Briefing Series

Monday, October 16th, 2023 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

On February 21st, 2023, Vladimir Putin suspended Russia’s participation in New START, pushing the last remaining treaty on arms control between the U.S. and the Russian Federation to the edge of oblivion. Putin’s decision is just one of many causes for concern for the current state of arms control and national security. With China’s entry into the arms race, arms control has become deeply divided by opposing views on security, credibility, and trust and characterized by treaty violations, withdrawals, suspensions, and gaps in diplomatic efforts. This tripolar competition is in critical need of arms control negotiations, but experts are alarmed by a lack of diplomatic efforts from Russia, China, and the U.S. What are the challenges to arms control, and what would an updated and modern agenda on arms control entail? Join us on Monday, October 16th from 12 PM to 1 PM ET for a virtual discussion with Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary General at NATO and a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, to discuss trends in arms control negotiations and how policymakers can best ensure security given the current geopolitical dynamics.

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Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller is the Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Before joining Stanford Gottemoeller was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2016 to 2019, where she helped to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism. Prior to NATO, she served for nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation and political-military affairs. While Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation.

Prior to her government service, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008, and is currently a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. She is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

At Stanford, Gottemoeller teaches and mentors students in the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy program and the CISAC Honors program; contributes to policy research and outreach activities; and convenes workshops, seminars and other events relating to her areas of expertise, including nuclear security, Russian relations, the NATO alliance, EU cooperation and non-proliferation.



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