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    The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty: Does it have a future?

    When: Friday, December 8, 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC


    Concluded in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty resulted in the elimination of some 2,700 U.S. and Soviet ground-launched intermediate-range missiles. The treaty, however, has entered difficult times. The United States has charged Russia with violating the treaty by deploying a banned intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile; Moscow denies the charge and claims that the United States has violated the treaty. Meanwhile, Congress has approved legislation that would authorize the Defense Department to develop an intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile of its own. Is the treaty about to come undone?

    At 10:00 am on December 8—the 30th anniversary of the INF treaty’s signing—the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative will hold a panel discussion on the treaty and its future. The panel will include Olga Oliker, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Steven Pifer and Brookings Senior Fellow Strobe Talbott. Brookings Fellow Alina Polyakova will moderate.

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