With the second Obama administration likely to focus once more on prospects for further bilateral nuclear reductions with Russia, consideration will have to be given to how, and at what point, nuclear restraint by other nuclear powers will be necessary.
Launching Less is Better, RUSI's latest Whitehall Paper, Malcolm Chalmers and Desmond Bowen will consider the various challenges and opportunities for moving towards restraint at low numbers in a world where other bilateral nuclear relationships - such as India and Pakistan, India and China, and the United States and China - are increasingly important.
Elaborating upon the findings in Less is Better, the event will specifically explore steps that other nuclear-armed states would need to take to enable progress to low numbers, alongside steps that Russia and the United States could take to pursue further reductions below New START levels. Should further binding multilateral, numerical limits be pursued or would a more flexible process of mutual (and reversible) reductions be more appropriate? Should the next steps in restraint focus primarily on deployed systems, or on total stockpiles? What can be done now to promote trust between nuclear-armed states?
The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.
CHAIR: Mr Andreas Persbo is Executive Director, VERTIC
Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Director of Research and Director, UK Defence Policy at RUSI.
Mr Desmond Bowen is Member of the 2012 UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.