INF: The Path Forward

By Miles Pomper and Valeriia Lozova

President Trump's October 2018 announcement that he intended to withdraw the United States from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia given Moscow's perceived noncompliance with the pact has interjected further tension into an already deeply strained relationship between Moscow and Washington. The move to withdraw has also threatened what many experts saw as a pillar of strategic stability, particularly in Europe. At the same time, the decision risks further escalating growing military confrontation between the United States and China. Given the rising tensions, some US allies in Europe and Asia have lobbied the Trump administration to preserve the treaty, although such a resolution appears unlikely at this time. While the administration's decision to leave the treaty was questionable, it has made clear the need to develop an arms control regime in Europe and Asia better suited to today's strategic and technological realities.

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