Alexey Arbatov

Scholar in Residence
Nonproliferation Program
Moscow Center
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Arbatov, a former member of the State Duma, is the author of a number of books and numerous articles and papers on issues of global security, strategic stability, disarmament, and Russian military reform.


PhD, History, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
MA, Moscow State Institute of International Relations 

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Alexey Arbatov is a scholar in residence and the chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program. Formerly, he was a member of the State Duma, vice chairman of the Russian United Democratic Party (Yabloko), and deputy chairman of the Duma Defense Committee.

Arbatov is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He leads the Academy’s Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, where he was once a department head and a research fellow.

He is a member of numerous boards and councils, including the research council of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the governing board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute, and the Russian Council for Foreign and Defense Policy.

Arbatov is author of several books and numerous articles and papers on issues of global security, strategic stability, disarmament, Russian military reform, and various current domestic and foreign political issues.

  • Q&A June 21, 2016 Русский
    Russian Foreign and Security Policy

    Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated to levels not seen in a generation. Both Russia and the West accuse each other of making provocative moves, disrupting the balance, and violating each other’s interests.

  • Commentary May 3, 2016 Русский
    Peacekeepers Can Unlock Donbas Impasse

    The past two years have shown that in order to reliably end the fighting, an essential condition for the implementation of the Minsk agreements is a full-scale peacekeeping mission under the mandate of the UN Security Council with the use of military contingents of OSCE countries, equipped with armored vehicles, artillery, helicopters, and drones.

  • Article April 20, 2016 Русский
    The Nuclear Deal With Iran: The Final Step or a New Stage?

    The Iranian nuclear deal may have created a useful precedent for Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty member states to strengthen the global nuclear nonproliferation system.

  • Op-Ed Russia Direct April 18, 2016
    Russia Might Be the First Casualty if Nuclear Terrorism Becomes Reality

    If the nonproliferation regime is violated and terrorist organizations get access to nuclear technologies, it will be much easier for them to reach Russia through its neighboring borders than the United States across the Atlantic.

  • Commentary November 16, 2015 Русский
    The First Strike Trap

    A first strike with nuclear weapons in a conflict between the great powers is bound to be catastrophic. At a time when speculation on nuclear weapons use has increased Russia and the United States should restate their commitment to the nuclear war prevention on which they had agreed in the Cold War era.

  • Commentary July 20, 2015 Русский
    What Does Iran Get in Exchange for the Bomb?

    In assessing this compromise agreement, we should consider all the possible alternatives. There are three: a new Gulf War with airstrikes against Iran. The second option is a nuclear-armed Iran. The third possibility: a strike against Iran, followed by an Iran with nuclear weapons, and then followed by another regional war—only this time, a nuclear one

  • Paper June 16, 2015
    An Unnoticed Crisis: The End of History for Nuclear Arms Control?

    Beginning with the signing of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963, an international arms control regime has limited existing nuclear arsenals and prevented further proliferation of nuclear weapons. But that entire system could soon unravel.

  • Op-Ed Defense News June 15, 2015
    Protecting Nuclear Sanity

    Dialogue between Russia and the United States is needed to defuse tension and tone down irresponsible statements on both sides about nuclear weapons.

  • Article March 16, 2015
    An Unnoticed Crisis: The End of History for Nuclear Arms Control?

    The nuclear arms control regime is unraveling. An aggressive search for new formats, concepts, and methods is urgently needed to adapt the system to changed realities.

  • Op-Ed National Interest March 9, 2015
    Reckless: Don’t “Go for Broke” in Iran Nuclear Talks

    The risk of a failure to reach a comprehensive deal with Iran is growing. However, a gradualist approach is the most realistic option for solving the nuclear issue.

  • Carnegie Moscow Center April 8, 2013 Русский
    Missile Defense: Confrontation and Cooperation

    Although the U.S.-Russian recent attempts to agree to a joint missile defense system have failed, the imperatives for such collaboration are increasing. Over the coming decade, the two countries should take steps to integrate missile defense systems into the regimes of nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and mutual security.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center October 25, 2012 Русский
    Nuclear Reset: Arms Reduction and Nonproliferation

    The concept of nuclear disarmament as an essential condition for nuclear nonproliferation is again entering the realm of practical politics, but the movement toward nuclear disarmament is extremely difficult and fraught with great dangers.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center July 5, 2011 Русский
    20 Years Without the Berlin Wall: A Breakthrough to Freedom

    Enormous societal and political shifts 20 years ago opened prospects for a new, united Europe. Despite Russia’s role in this peaceful departure from totalitarianism, the country’s course in the subsequent two decades was not so straightforward. While the demolition of the Berlin Wall is no guarantee of success, democratic transformations are a necessary precondition.

  • Washington November 8, 2010
    Outer Space: Weapons, Diplomacy, and Security

    In this global era, the world faces a host of security challenges which cannot be resolved by any one nation, especially through the unilateral use of military force. One key issue that requires urgent international attention is the military use of outer space.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center December 25, 2009 Русский
    Nuclear Proliferation: New Technologies, Weapons, Treaties

    A broad array of military, political, and legal issues exert an increasing influence on the issue of nuclear nonproliferation, and they must be taken into account in any effort to strengthen the nonproliferation regime.

  • Washington July 1, 2006
    Beyond Nuclear Deterrence: Transforming the U.S.–Russian Equation

    While deterrence as a concept has always been paradoxical, it is poorly equipped to handle today’s most significant nuclear challenges: proliferation and terrorism. Nuclear arms control must move beyond the deadlock of deterrence.

  • Russia Today July 6, 2009
    Medvedev-Obama: Tough Talks?

    Alexei Arbatov and George Perkovich discuss their expectations for President Barack Obama's first official visit to Russia.


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