Russia-Ukraine Dialogues: where to start with New START and arms control?

This week, LSE IDEAS’ Russia-Ukraine Dialogues discussed the possibility of a New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). The discussion focused on: The U.S. approach to the New START in light of the Russia-Ukraine war; How Ukraine will be impacted by negotiations on new arms control treaties; Shifting European perspectives on nuclear arms control; and Prospects of success for negotiating and finalising arms control treaties. #LSERussiaUkraine



This webinar was held on Tuesday 10 January.

Meet the speakers and chair

Dr Oliver Meier is Senior Researcher at the Berlin office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) where he coordinates the “Challenges to Deep Cuts” project and CBWNet. Previously, he was Deputy Head of the International Security Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He was also International Representative and Correspondent of the U.S. Arms Control Association and has worked on the staff of Uta Zapf, former chairperson of the subcommittee on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation in the German Bundestag. Dr Meier has also held the position of Senior Arms Control and Disarmament Researcher with the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) in London and has worked as a consultant to several non-governmental organisations. Dr Meier holds a PhD in political science from the Free University of Berlin.

Steven Pifer is a nonresident senior fellow in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, and the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, and an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. He focuses on nuclear arms control, Ukraine, and Russia. A retired Foreign Service officer, his more than 25 years with the State Department focused on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004), ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997).

Sarah Bidgood directs the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.  Her research focuses on US-Soviet and US-Russia nonproliferation cooperation and arms control. She is the co-editor of Once and Future Partners: The United States, Russia, and Nuclear Non-proliferation (London, UK: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2018). Sarah’s work has appeared in publications such as International Security, The Nonproliferation ReviewArms Control TodayInternational Spectator, Foreign PolicyThe National InterestWar on the Rocks, and DefenseNews, among others.  Her analysis has been featured in media outlets including CNN, NBC, NPRThe Washington PostThe Guardian, and DefenseOne

Leon Hartwell (@LeonHartwell) is the Senior Advisor at LSE IDEAS and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington DC. His research interests include conflict resolution, genocide, transitional justice, diplomacy, democracy, and the Western Balkans. Previously, Hartwell was the 2022 Sotirov Fellow at LSE IDEAS and CEPA’s Acting Director of the Transatlantic Leadership Program and a Title VIII Fellow.  From 2012 to 2013, he was also the Senior Policy Advisor for Political and Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe, where his work included government and civil society engagement, political reporting, peace building projects, and supporting human rights defenders. In 2019, Hartwell completed a joint doctoral degree summa cum laude at Leipzig University (Germany) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). His thesis analyzed the use of mediation in the resolution of armed conflicts.