Should U.S. Missile Defenses Be a Part of Arms Control Negotiations With Russia?

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January 26, 2021 Topic: Security Region: Americas Tags: Arms ControlMissile DefenseRussiaAmericaJoe Biden

Should U.S. Missile Defenses Be a Part of Arms Control Negotiations With Russia?

The Biden administration should consider whether the benefits to United States and allied security of limiting all nuclear weapons, including non-strategic nuclear arms, would justify accepting some constraints on missile defense. 

At the end of the day, the Biden administration may conclude that the missile defense programs it inherits from the Trump administration make sense and should not be altered or constrained by an agreement with Russia. Before reaching that conclusion, however, it should fully consider the potential risks to other parts of its security and arms control agenda.

Steven Pifer is a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. The views expressed here are his own.

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