Trump-Putin Meeting: Dangers of Deteriorating U.S.-Russia Relations—and What to Do

As world leaders gather tomorrow for the Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Hamburg, Germany, much of the attention will focus on the first in-person, one-on-one meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the lead up to the meeting, which comes amid deteriorating relations between Russia and the West, former British Defense Secretary Des Browne, former German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger, former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, and former US Senator Sam Nunn have written a public letter to Presidents Trump and Putin, urging the leaders to work together on areas of existential common interest, chief among them reducing nuclear and other military risks and preventing catastrophic terrorist attacks.  The Washington Post endorsed a key recommendation, writing: 

 "Mr. Trump might also fruitfully bring up an idea floated recently by former Democratic senator Sam Nunn and former Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov, among others, to restart broader Russian-American military-to-military communication."

NTI provides key analysis and reports on U.S. and Russian relations, including recommendations to reduce risks. Additionally NTI, in cooperation with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, provides important resources for the public and the news media addressing the capacity, background and history of U.S. and Russian nuclear programs.

Opinion
Open Letter to President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin, from Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn

Trump, Russia and Nuclear Weapons, NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn Interview with Atlanta Public Radio

Analysis
Rising Nuclear Dangers: Steps to Reduce Risks in the Euro-Atlantic Region, by NTI's Robert E. Berls, Jr. and Leon Ratz offers recommendations to avoid accidents, enhance predictability, and build confidence between the West and Russia.

Pathways to Cooperation, a joint report by NTI and the Russian-based Center for Energy and Security Studies, highlights key projects the United States and Russia can take-on to innovate and build trust in the nuclear sphere.

Not One-Sided: The Many Benefits of the New START Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty, an Atomic Pulse blog post by NTI Program Officer Brian Rose 

Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security, an op-ed published by Project, Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn called for Russia and the West to take immediate action to avoid potentially catastrophic conflict.

Taking a Page out of George Kennan’s Long Telegram, an Atomic Pulse blog post by NTI Program Officers Leon Ratz and Brian Rose

Resources
United States Country Profile
Russia Country Profile
Russian Ballistic Missile Models
Russia Interactive Missile Map
New START
Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missile (INF) Treaty

 

July 6, 2017
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