Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 39

The INF Treaty died last week at the age of 32.

The proximate cause of death was Russia’s persistent cheating and a decision by the United State that enough was enough. But the underlying cause of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty’s demise was changing geopolitical circumstances.

The INF Treaty is survived by nervous allies in Europe and Asia, the specter of a renewed arms race, and unpredictable geopolitical jockeying and calculations. We now live in a world where intermediate-range nuclear weapons are a reality for the first time since 1987. So what happens now?

Listen to the latest Power Vertical podcast as Brian Whitmore and Donald N. Jensen take a deep dive into the post-INF world.

Audio Clips: “Secretary of State Pompeo Announces U.S. Intent to Withdraw from Nuclear Treaty” via C-SPAN. 

Photo: Taken from “Soviet Military Power 1985” by Edward L. Cooper under Public Domain. 

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Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University.

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August 9, 2019

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