Webinar “Russia and the US: a New Cold War or the Way to a New Détente?”

On April 6, at 11 a.m. (GMT+3), Russian International Affairs Council will hold a webinar on the U.S. – Russia security relations. On January 19, the Pentagon released the Summary of 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America that builds on Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy. The document gives considerable attention to deterring Russia and building up U.S. military capabilities in order to efficiently counter Moscow. On March 1, Vladimir Putin in his address to the Federal Assembly presented data regarding Russia’s newest weapons including the small size powerful nuclear energy system for missiles that can reach an almost unlimited flight range.

Giving an interview to the American TV channel NBC Putin noted: “My point of view is that the individuals that have said that a new Cold War has started are not analysts. They are involved in propaganda. If you were to speak about an arms race, then an arms race began exactly at the time and moment the U.S. opted out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty”. However, there are still some concerns about the start of a new Cold War.

How likely is a new arms race to begin? Are the latest actions of Russia and the U.S. going to lead to a new Cold War or will they become a starting point of the negotiations on a new strategic arms reduction treaty?

These and other questions will be discussed during the webinar by Richard Weitz, Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute and Ilya Kravchenko, RISS Researcher and RIAC Expert.