Ambassador Steven Pifer: The Opportunity of Arms Control
The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies will host guest lecturer Ambassador Steven Pifer at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 15 in Posvar Hall, room 3911.
Is there still a role for arms control two decades after the end of the Cold War? The Obama administration revived classic U.S.-Russia arms control in 2009, as part of the “reset” in relations, and the New Start Treaty not only set in motion reductions of their strategic arms and shored up the two countries’ non-proliferation credentials, it also paid dividends in cooperation on such matters as Iran sanctions and logistics for NATO troops in Afghanistan. But Steven Pifer and Michael O’Hanlon, in their just released book The Opportunity of Arms Control, argue there is still much to be done. This talk offers an opportunity to hear and discuss their views first hand as we consider the agenda for the next four years.
Ambassador Pifer is director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative and a senior fellow at the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe. He focuses on arms control, Russia and Ukraine. He has offered commentary regarding these issues on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, BBC, National Public Radio and VOA, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and Boston Globe, among others.
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), U.S. 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). In addition to Ukraine, he served at the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Moscow and London as well as with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces in Geneva.
Ambassador Pifer’s publications include “Missile Defense in Europe: Cooperation or Contention?” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #8 (May 2012); “Ukraine’s Perilous Balancing Act,” Current History (March 2012); “NATO, Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control,” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #7 (July 2011); “The Next Round: The United States and Nuclear Arms Reductions After New START,” Brookings Arms Control Series Paper #4 (November 2010); “Ukraine’s Geopolitical Choice, 2009,” Eurasian Geography and Economics (July 2009); “Reversing the Decline: An Agenda for U.S.-Russian Relations in 2009,” Brookings paper (January 2009).