Deep START: The Future of U.S.-Russian Arms Control

Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 12:00pm to Sunday, August 2, 2020 - 2:00pm
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Live on Zoom. Confirmed participants will receive a link prior to the event.

Join the Negotiation Task Force for a virtual negotiation exercise on the future of U.S.-Russian arms control.
The year is 2025 and U.S.-Russian relations have reached a new low. Russia remains under U.S. sanctions for its 2014 annexation of Crimea and its interference in the 2016 and 2020 U.S. presidential elections. The conflict in Ukraine remains frozen, and Washington and Moscow blame each other for the inability to reach a negotiated settlement. Today, U.S. and Russian negotiators must come together in this tense environment to negotiate the most important arms control treaty in recent history known as “Deep START,” which covers issues of missile defense, verification, and a range of emerging technologies.
The delegations comprise negotiators from the United States and the Russian Federation. In addition, to addressing the landmark deal on the table, these negotiators must also consider how this deal will fit into the international strategic context.
"Deep START" will take place online on Saturday, August 1, 12pm - 4pm EDT and on Sunday, August 2, 10am - 2pm EDT through Zoom. Over the two days, you will be working on a problem set that will allow you to engage with other negotiators through email, videoconferencing, and phone. You will have opportunity to "move" throughout our virtual space and breaks will be provided. The event will include both negotiations and a debrief. You will also be given the opportunity to conduct “informal negotiations” between 4pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday via email or phone; participation in this informal phase is optional for all participants.
In addition to the Saturday/Sunday event, participants will be required to a) either attend a 60-min exercise introductory meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 5:30 - 6:30pm EDT through Zoom or watch a recording of this preparatory session; and b) spend 90 - 120 mins reading over the exercise materials (provided to you via email) in advance of the event.


Arvid Bell, Director, Negotiation Task Force
Mariana Budjeryn, Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard Kennedy School

Spots are limited and participants will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please fill out this registration form by July 26 to apply. Accepted candidates will be offered a spot in this program with the submission of their $25 entry fee. Payment instructions will be emailed to successful applicants.
Only registrants who can commit to participation on both days (August 1 - 2), attend the 60-min exercise introductory meeting on July 28, 5:30 - 6:30pm EDT (or agree to watch a recording of the event), commit to reading over their materials in advance (90 - 120 mins), and confirm their intent to make the $25 payment will be considered.
Fellows of the Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA) are ineligible to apply.

This event is hosted by the Negotiation Task Force at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. All confirmed participants will receive a confirmation email prior to the event. Questions? Email us at For more insights, subscribe to the NTF Insider today.

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