Deep Cuts Commission Releases Its First Report

Invited by the Brookings Institution, members of the Deep Cuts Commission unveiled their First Report “Preparing for Deep Cuts: Options for Enhancing Euro-Atlantic and International Security” on 28 April 2014.

The 21-member Deep Cuts Commission, made up of former government officials and arms control experts from the United States, Russia, and Germany, have taken on the challenge of finding ways to achieve further arms control and nuclear risk reduction steps that can enhance national, Euro-Atlantic, and international security. The Commission is coordinated by the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), the Arms Control Association, and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Science (IMEMO, RAN).

In their report, the Commission argues that four years after the conclusion of New START, the United States and the Russian Federation still deploy nuclear arsenals that far exceed what is needed for deterrence. Even before the deep tensions over Russian actions in Ukraine, a difference over a range of security challenges have stymied progress on further nuclear reductions, the experts say. As one principle insight from their report, the Commission is convinced that it remains important that policy makers in Washington, Moscow, and European capitals continue to devise and actively explore long-term strategies for stability and predictability at lower levels of armaments.

The report is on-line at:

Also see: Panel Advocates Deeper U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cuts, Despite Tensions, Global Security Newswire, 29 April 2014.