In a new op-ed published by Project Syndicate on the eve of the Munich Security Conference, Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn call for Russia and the West to take immediate action to avoid potentially catastrophic conflict.
Acknowledging today’s “dangerously tense” relations, the four offer a set of initial steps to reduce risks. Among them: restarting bilateral military-to-military dialogue between the U.S. and Russia and engaging in discussions to remove a large percentage of strategic nuclear forces from dangerous “prompt-launch” status.
“The chasm between Russia and the West appears to be wider now than at any point since the Cold War,’ they write. “But, despite stark differences, there are areas of existential common interest. As we did during the darkest days of the Cold War, Americans, Europeans, and Russians must work together to avoid catastrophe, including by preventing terrorist attacks and reducing the risk of a military—or even nuclear—conflict in Europe.”