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US-Russia Nuclear Policy in the Trump Era
February 28

US-Russia Nuclear Policy in the Trump Era

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12:00 pm - 01:30 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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February 28, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
American Security Project
1100 New York Avenue NW
Suite 710 West


For 3 decades, the bedrock of nuclear security has come in the form of arms control agreements. Nuclear buildups have given way to nuclear reductions, and overall reliance on these earth-ending weapons has fallen by the wayside. But with Russia’s violation of the INF, and Trump Administration doubts about the New START Treaty, a healthy discussion of nuclear policy is necessary. What is Russia’s modern nuclear strategy, and how should the US incorporate Russian strategy into its own planning? Join us as we map out appropriate nuclear policy options for 2017 and beyond.

Join American Security Project on February 28th for the second event in our U.S. – Russia Relations Program event series.

Part of American Security Project’s U.S.- Russia Relations Program

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Doors open at 12:00 PM

Lunch will be available from 12:00- 12:30 PM.

Discussion 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

Please arrive by 12:25pm for registration.

About the Speakers:

Guy RobertsCol. Guy B. Roberts, USMC (Ret), Consensus for American Security

Col. Guy Roberts has over thirty years of experience in public policy, foreign affairs, international organizations, bi-lateral and multilateral negotiations on strategic issues, and international legal matters.

Until August 2011 he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy and Director, Nuclear Policy Planning Directorate for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  In that capacity he was responsible for developing policy on issues related to combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, missile defense, and overseeing and implementing NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy and posture.

Prior to that Mr. Roberts was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Principal Director for Negotiations Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense responsible for advising senior Defense Department officials on the entire range of United States arms control and non-proliferation policies.  He was also responsible for implementing policy guidance and Department of Defense positions for current and emerging proliferation issues in multilateral arms control and disarmament fora.


Olga Oliker, Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS

Olga Oliker is a senior adviser and director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS. Her recent research has focused on military, political, economic, and social development in countries in transition, particularly in Russia, Ukraine, and the Central Asian and Caucasian successor states to the Soviet Union. Prior to joining CSIS, Oliker held a number of senior posts at the RAND Corporation, most recently as director of RAND’s Center for Russia and Eurasia. She is the author or coauthor of “Russian Foreign Policy in Historical and Current Context: A Reassessment” (RAND Perspectives, 2015), Building Afghanistan’s Security Forces in Wartime: The Soviet Experience (RAND, 2011), Nuclear Deterrence in Europe: Russian Approaches to a New Environment and Implications for the United States (RAND, 2011), and Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications (RAND, 2000), among other books, articles, and reports. She has also published commentary on Russia-related topics in print and online with the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, U.S. News and World Report, among others. Oliker holds a B.A. in international studies from Emory University, an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


anyaloukianovaAnya Loukianova Fink, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, RAND Corporation

Anya Loukianova Fink is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation, where her research examines Russian views on nuclear escalation and risks. Previously, she was a program officer at the Stanley Foundation, where she focused on nuclear material security issues and brought together stakeholders involved in the Nuclear Security Summits. Between 2007 and 2012, she was a research associate on Russian nuclear weapons and fuel cycle issues at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She holds an MPIA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a PhD in international security and economic policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

Moderated by Matthew Wallin, Fellow for Public Diplomacy

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