Nuclear Arms Reductions: The Opportunity to Strengthen U.S. Security
What is the future of the U.S- Russia nuclear arms negotiations? What are the key nuclear arms control challenges facing president Obama? What are some practical policy recommendations to reducing nuclear arms and missile defense?
Join us for an evening with Ambassador Steven Pifer.
Although the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) signed in 2010 will cut U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear forces to their lowest levels in 50 years, more can be done to reduce nuclear weapons levels—including reserve and non-strategic weapons, which thus far are not constrained by treaty. Ambassador Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution, co-author of The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms, will discuss why further nuclear weapons reductions would enhance U.S. and global security, offer recommendations for specific actions, and describe the challenges that must be overcome to implement those recommendations.
Steven Pifer, a career foreign service officer, arrived in Kyiv on January 8, 1998, as the third United States Ambassador to Ukraine. Prior to his appointment here, Mr. Pifer served from August, 1996 to August, 1997 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council.
Mr. Pifer, of Sebastopol, California, entered the Foreign Service in January, 1978. He was assigned from 1978 to 1980 to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw as a general services and consular officer. He returned to the State Department in 1980 as a staff assistant in the Bureau of European Affairs and then as a political-military officer in the Office of European Political and Security Affairs. During this time he also participated in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces negotiations in Geneva. From 1984 to 1985 he was special assistant to Ambassador Paul Nitze, Special Advisor on Arms Control Matters From 1986 to 1988 Mr. Pifer served as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He returned to the State Department for two years as Deputy Director for Multilateral and Security Affairs in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs. From 1990 to 1993 he was Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London. He then returned to Washington as deputy to the Senior Coordinator for the New Independent States (the former Soviet Union). At the end of 1994 Mr. Pifer was detailed to the National Security Council staff as Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs.