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New RUSI Paper Outlines Key Steps Needed to Allow Progress Toward Lower Numbers

New RUSI Paper Outlines Key Steps Needed to Allow Progress Toward Lower Numbers

In a new paper on nuclear restraint, Less is Better: Nuclear Restraint at Low Numbers, RUSI’s Malcolm Chalmers outlines the steps nuclear-armed states must take to allow progress toward lower numbers of weapons. Chalmers and NTI President Joan Rohlfing discussed the paper on Nov. 27 at an event co-hosted by the Nuclear Security Project and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

As the United States and Russia reduce their arsenals, Chalmers told the audience, other states will feel pressure to do more to restrain their arsenals. Rohlfing noted that the paper also "challenges us to look ahead and consider a number of issues related to how states might achieve and maintain nuclear stability in such a world."

Event moderator James Acton, a physicist and Carnegie expert in deterrence and nonproliferation, called Chalmers’ paper "extraordinarily far-sighted."