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First-Ever Public ISAB Report Urges Cooperation with Russia

Aug. 22, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with the International Security Advisory Board in October 2011. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with the International Security Advisory Board in October 2011.

In its first-ever publicly released report, the International Security Advisory Board, an advisory body to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, examined what "mutual assured stability" between the United States and Russia might look like. 

"Building such a relationship between the United States and Russia is a critical, first step because our nuclear weapons stockpiles are so large as to overshadow other nations’ stockpiles," the report says. "However, though our historic adversarial relationship has improved, working toward such a relationship with Russia will be very difficult, if achievable at all." 

The reports' authors emphasize the dynamic relationship between the two former adversaries, requiring continuous re-assessment to determine the greatest opportunities for engagement.  "Achieving such a relationship between Russia and the United States may also affect other regions and nations, and their national security, possibly requiring actions to address concerns that may arise," reads the report.

To acheive such "mutual assured stability" with Russia, the report  calls for strategic dialogue and relations, cooperative security, increased clarity and assurance and beneficial interdependence.  The report also explores the concept of mutual assured stability outside the context of the U.S.-Russia relationship.

The report was drafted by a study group chaired by ISAB member Graham Allison.  The ISAB is co-chaired by NTI president emeritus Charles B. Curtis and NTI board member former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's International Security Advisory Board, co-chaired by NTI president emeritus Charlie Curtis, released a new report, "Mutual Assured Stability: Essential Components and Near Term Actions."

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