Bipartisan Report on Improving Russian-American Relations

The US and Russia each have thousands of nuclear weapons, but the danger lies less in the number of weapons than in the state of Russian-American relations. Even though nuclear arsenals were near an all time high in the late 1980’s, the risk of a nuclear catastrophe was greatly reduced by transforming what had been a highly confrontational relationship into one of friendship — unfortunately short lived.

Because improved Russian-American relations can greatly reduce nuclear risks, I hope you will look at an important, new bipartisan report on this subject. Contributors include former presidential National Security Advisors, a former advisor to President Nixon, and our Ambassador to Moscow under Ronald Reagan.

The Executive Summary notes that “Securing America’s vital national interests … requires deep and meaningful cooperation with other governments. The challenges — stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, defeating terrorist networks, rebuilding the global economy, and ensuring energy security for the United States and others — are enormous. And few nations could make more of a difference to our success than Russia … Rapid and effective action to strengthen U.S.-Russian relations is critically important to advancing U.S. national interests. … A new, more forthcoming approach to Russia is far from guaranteed to succeed, but we are convinced that the risk in making the effort is far smaller than the costs of a slide into hostility.”

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Hoping you find this of interest and with thanks for your participation.

Martin Hellman
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

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About Martin Hellman

I am a professor at Stanford University, best known for my invention of public key cryptography -- the technology that protects the secure part of the Internet, such as electronic banking. But, since 1982, my primary interest has been how fallible human beings can survive possessing nuclear weapons, where even one mistake could be catastrophic. My latest project is a book, co-written with my wife Dorothie, with the audacious subtitle "Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet." It's on Amazon and a free PDF can be downloaded from its website:
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