Arms control talks as a means of survival in the new cold war

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Insitutet för Rysslands- och Eurasienstudier
  • Lecturer: Alexander Golts is affiliated researcher at IRES.
  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Föreläsning

The new cold war has become a fait accompli. Like 40 years ago Russian and NATO troops are withstanding in Europe. The nuclear arms race has become a reality. Sides behave as rivals in any conflict situation. In this context, it is time to return to the positive experience of the previous Cold war – peaceful coexistence. At that times Moscow and West were clearly aware that they were rivals. The only real point of contact was the mutual desire to survive in conditions of mutually assured destruction. The chance for this was given by arms control. Currently, there is a consistent destruction of the system of international treaties in this area. The US withdrawn of ABM Treaty and INF Treaty, the CFE Treaty does not work. Chances for the START extension are more than doubtful. As a result, the parties will soon find themselves without any agreement on arms control - in the same position as the United States and the Soviet Union before Cuban missile crisis. This crisis was the impetus for arms control negotiations.

If humanity will be lucky once again, the world will be doomed to return to the search for new formulas for arms control. Judging from experience of Soviet-American talks on nuclear weapons Aleksandr Golts claims that in the absence of mutual trust between the states such trust can be reached on personal level by individuals who represent the states. Such talks were conducted even in periods of extremely severe confrontation and allowed to keep it in a relatively safe framework. In Golts opinion it’s time to start such talks now as soon as possible.

Alexander Golts holds an M.A. in journalism from the Department of Journalism of the Moscow State Lomonosov University. From 1980 and untill 1996 he worked with the "Krasnaya zvezda" ("Red star") editorial board, Soviet then Russian military daily (Moscow). In 1996-2001 served as military editor of Itogi, a premier Russian news magazine (Moscow). In 2001 - 2004 worked for magazine "Yezhenedelnyi journal" ("Weekly") as deputy editor-in-chief (Moscow). Currently he is deputy editor for homepage He also works as military analyst for the New Times magazine in Moscow.

In 2002-2003 Alexander Golts spent a year at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) of Stanford University as visiting fellow. In 2018 he was visiting fellow at Kennan Institute in Washington. He was been visiting researcher in IRES in 2016 and 2020.

In 2013 Alexander was awarded Gerd Bucerius-Förderpreis Freie Presse Osteuropas prize.

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