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Russia’s New Document on Nuclear Deterrence

June 9, 2020

Episode Notes:

On June 2, Russia published a document detailing its approach to nuclear deterrence. The Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence serves as a new strategic planning document for the Russian military — and is being studied and scrutinized by Russia-watchers around the world.

One of the leading experts on Russia is Olga Oliker, who joins the Warcast to explain the Kremlin’s new publication on nuclear weapons. Olga is based in Brussels, and is the Program Director for Europe and Central Asia at the International Crisis Group.

[ 00:48 ] Key takeaways

[ 01:44 ] Continuity or change in Russian nuclear strategy

[ 03:38 ] Under what conditions would Russia use its nuclear weapons

[ 05:45 ] “Escalate to deescalate”?

[ 08:29 ] Timing of the document’s release

[ 11:00 ]  Lessons for Western policymakers

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