Author Archive

Steven Pifer

Fellow, Stanford University

Steven Pifer
Steven Pifer is a William Perry Research Fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and a retired career Foreign Service officer.
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A Nuclear Strike Should Require More than One Person’s Order

We should require a second voice when it comes to ordering first use of nuclear arms.

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Washington’s Arms Control Delusions and Bluffs

The Trump administration’s stances on nuclear negotiations don’t even make sense as a starting point.

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On Arms Control, Little Reason for Optimism

Officials in Moscow and Beijing will read Mr. Billingslea’s interview and see nothing to give them reason to negotiate.

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Trump’s Bid to Go Big on Nuclear Arms Looks Like a Fizzle

Russia has no interest in negotiating from scratch. China has no interest in negotiating at all.

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John Bolton Keeps Citing This 2002 Pact as an Arms-Control Model. It’s Really Not.

The Treaty of Moscow was ill-defined, unverifiable — and not something that Russia would sign today.