Arm Wrestling

As Russia and the United States break the armistice, will China play referee?

Issue: Mar-Apr 2008

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IN 2007, key pillars of the global arms-control architecture collapsed without any consensus on their replacement. The Russian-American dispute over the proposed deployment of U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems in eastern Europe has worsened security relations between the two countries in a number of dimensions. Despite Russian complaints, the Bush administration has refused to alter its BMD deployment plans or extend the Strategic Arms Control Reduction Treaty (START) when it expires in 2009. For their part, senior Russian officials appear eager to exploit their country's renewed economic and political strength to renounce arms-control measures that Moscow no longer considers in Russia's strategic interest.

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