The Future of Strategic Arms Control after New START

In this Oslo Nuclear Project Roundtable, we discuss the future of strategic arms control and its implications for European security.

If you would like to participate in this event, please register here. All participants will receive a Zoom invitation in advance.


The incoming Biden administration is likely to agree the extension of the New START treaty with Russia before it expires on February 5, 2021, thereby settling strategic arms control’s short-term future. However, a combination of emerging technologies, geopolitical shifts and domestic challenges mean the long-term viability of the existing strategic arms control regime is far from assured.


The Oslo Nuclear Project invites you to a roundtable with experts from the United States, Russia and Europe to discuss the prospects for a further U.S.-Russia treaty after New START, the potential for new steps to maintain strategic stability between the nuclear powers, and strategic arms control’s importance for European security. The panel will include:

  • Amb. Steven Pifer, research fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy
  • Daria Selezneva, Research Associate, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations
  • Emmanuelle Maître, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research


Speaker bios:

Ambassador Steven Pifer is a research fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy. He is also affiliated with the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution. His research and writing focus on nuclear arms control, Ukraine, Russia and European security issues. 

A retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, Pifer’s more than 25 years with the Department of State focused on relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He served as a deputy assistant secretary with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine, ambassador to Ukraine, and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council. He also served at the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Moscow and London, and with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces in Geneva.​

Daria Selezneva is a Research Associate at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations and serves as a Consultant at the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe. From January to July 2018, Daria was an intern at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs in the WMD Branch, in which capacity she acted as a member of the Secretariat of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and provided assistance at the first meeting of the 2018 Session of the UN Disarmament Commission. Daria holds dual Master’s degree in Non-Proliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

Emmanuelle Maître has worked as a Research Fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research since July 2014. A graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), she works on issues of nuclear non-proliferation, deterrence and disarmament. Before joining FRS and after working as a consultant in the private sector, Emmanuelle worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Arms Control Studies (CESIM) and the Brookings Institution. She holds a master's degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po).

Published Jan. 14, 2021 2:18 PM - Last modified Jan. 15, 2021 8:43 AM