Great headway has been made since the end of the Cold War in shrinking the Russian and US nuclear arsenals. But between them, the United States and Russia still have more than 14,000 nuclear weapons — over 93% of the world's stockpile. More than three thousand of them remain on high alert, meaning they can be launched in a matter of minutes.

Reducing these nuclear stockpiles help increase global stability, build the international non-proliferation regime and reduce the chances that nuclear materials will fall into the hands of terrorists. Instead, Russia and the United States are now on the brink of a new arms race to rebuild their nuclear arsenals.

Latest News and Analysis on Russia and Nuclear Weapons

  • The era of unlimited military spending is clearly over. With a huge focus on cutting the budget in all areas of federal spending, 64 Members of Congress are joining forces to highlight the nuclear weapons budget as a prime place for cuts.

    October 11, 2011 - By Anonymous
  • The following is a guest post by Steven Pifer

    In a speech to the United Russia party on Saturday, President Dmitri Medvedev announced his intention to step aside so that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin can return to the presidency next spring. The Russians still have an election to hold in March, but one can predict the outcome with assurance. While his ratings have declined since his first two terms as president, Putin remains the most popular politician in Russia. The state’s bureaucratic and financial resources will mobilize to support his candidacy, and no serious opposition candidate has emerged.

    September 29, 2011 - By admin
  • September 26, 2011 - By Kelly Bronk
  • The 111th Congress was one of the most productive in decades. But the lame-duck session was truly remarkable. Just a few days before the end of the session, 71 Senators voted to provide the advice and consent necessary to ratify the New START treaty, reducing the nuclear arsenals of both the US and Russia by a third, and putting arms inspectors back on the ground to verify those reductions.

    August 24, 2011 - By admin
  • Six months ago, the New START Treaty entered into force. The agreement reduced the nuclear arsenals of both nations. But importantly, it also put the former Cold War rivals back on a path of cooperation.

    August 22, 2011 - By Kelly Bronk
  • June 30, 2011 - By Ben Loehrke
  • In todayʼs bitter and polarized political environment, many nonprofits and grant makers may conclude that it is impossible to get things done—and not worth investing in advocacy.

    June 27, 2011 - By Naila Bolus
  • It wasn't the mutants. It was humans that caused the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only luck saved us from nuclear war.

    June 16, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione
  • May 11, 2011 - By Paul Carroll
  • The Sustainable Partnership with Russia Group, or SuPR Group, today launched a report with recommendations for the U.S. and Russia to continue working toward reductions in their nuclear stockpiles and to tackle top security challenges, including nuclear proliferation. 

    May 4, 2011 - By Sarah Beth Cross