Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev sign New START.

Video: Experts Discuss the Politics of New START and Strategic Nuclear Modernization

January 07, 2019
Brookings Institution
This video was originally published by the Brookings Institution.

The Obama administration oversaw both the ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) and an agreement to modernize the U.S. strategic nuclear deterrent. Today, the fragile bipartisanship that led to those achievements is fraying, as a panel of experts discussed at a Brookings event on Jan. 7, 2019. Brookings Senior Fellow Frank Rose moderated a panel of experts, which included four former government officials and a Georgetown University professor. Panelists discussed the 2010 negotiations, the current state of the debate and steps that could be taken to maintain a level of bipartisanship moving forward.


Madelyn R. Creedon, former principal deputy administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; nonresident senior fellow, The Brookings Institution

John R. Harvey, former principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, Department of Defense

Rebecca Hersman, director, Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), Center for Strategic and International Studies

Matthew Kroenig, associate professor, Georgetown University; deputy director, The Scowcroft Center, Atlantic Council

Brian McKeon, senior director, Penn Biden Center


Frank A. Rose, senior fellow for security and strategy, foreign policy program, The Brookings Institution