Withdrawal from the INF Treaty will likely result in billions of dollars spent on new American and Russian weapons despite the unrivaled nuclear stockpiles both nations already possess. These weapons will increase the risk and destructiveness of nuclear war on European soil. Furthermore, the weapons will play more to Russia’s strengths than the United States, which will struggle to find polities in Asia and Europe willing to host them.
Sébastien Roblin holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.