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Strengthening Strategic Stability with Russia

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Technical Report

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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As used in this Perspective, strategic stability refers to the probability of strategic nuclear exchange, although there have been other definitionsboth broader and more narrow. Strategic stability between the United States and Russia is eroding, and the options for shoring it up are few. Todays international security environment includes several nuclear-armed states. The strategic nuclear relationship between the United States and Russia, however, remains the most important the two nuclear superpowers have the capacity to carry out large- scale, coordinated nuclear strikes that could devastate entire continents. The factors that have increased the likelihood of strategic nuclear exchange in recent years can be grouped into three categories factors increasing the incidence of war involving the United States and Russia, factors increasing the risks of escalation during wars, and factors that reduce crisis stability.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

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