MGIMO Experts Participate in Panel Discussion at Princeton University

MGIMO Experts Participate in Panel Discussion at Princeton University

25 February 2019

During their visit to Princeton University, a group of MGIMO students and lecturers led by the University’s Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs Andrey Baykov and the Dean of the School of Government and International Affairs Mikhail Troitskiy, took part in a panel discussion on arms control and Russian-American relations.

The seminar was attended by students and members of the faculty of Princeton University and was devoted to discussing the topic: «The End of U. S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control and the Start of a New Arms Race?» The sides analysed the current «pause» in Russian-American negotiations on arms control and presented the positions of both countries and of other members of the international community.

Bruce Blair, Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School and within the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University spoke about the shared responsibility of Moscow and Washington in the current arms control crisis as both countries have developed new weapons systems reflecting their lack of commitment to reducing weapons arsenals.

Frank von Hippel, Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School, focused on anti-ballistic missile defense systems, which according to him, are not reliable and contribute to slowing down negotiations on limiting nuclear weapons.

Zia Mian, Researcher at the Woodrow Wilson School and within the Program on Science and Global Security shared with the audience the position of non-nuclear states which do not want to leave the fate of the world in the hands of the nuclear powers and noted that there would be increasing pressure to prohibit altogether nuclear weapons.

Andrey Baykov spoke about the origins of the crisis in bilateral relations and noted that the unresolved contradictions between Russia and the U. S. make it difficult to move forward in arms control. The Vice-Rector also emphasized the consensus in Russian society about the need for Russia to maintain the foreign policy course of a leading power.

Mikhail Troitskiy remarked that the political and economic differences between the parties should be resolved before attempting to conclude new arms control treaties as history shows that arms control has rarely been an effective means of overcoming conflicts in the international arena.

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