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Steven Pifer

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Steven Pifer is director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution, where he also works on Ukraine and Russia questions. He frequently comments on these issues in the media, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Interest, among others. He is co-author of The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Arms. A retired Foreign Service officer, his more than twenty-five years with the State Department included assignments as deputy assistant secretary of state with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001–2004), ambassador to Ukraine (1998–2000), and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996–1997). He also served in Warsaw, Geneva, Moscow, and London.

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A Nonproliferation Regime For The 21st Century

by James Goodby, Steven Pifervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
We need new strategies to contain the spread of nuclear weapons.  
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A World Without Nuclear Weapons

by James Goodby, Steven Pifervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This is how we get there. 

Nuclear bomb's tell-tale mushroom cloud
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Nuclear Non-Proliferation: We Must Keep Working For A World Without Nuclear Weapons (Yes, It's Possible)

by James Goodby, Steven Pifervia Fox News
Friday, April 24, 2015

At the Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference later this month at the United Nations, the five nuclear weapon states recognized by the Treaty will come in for critical scrutiny from an international community that regards current approaches to nuclear arms as inadequate.

Challenging the Assumptions of Classical Nuclear Deterrence Theory: The War That Must Never Be Fought

by James Goodby, Benoît Pelopidas, Steven Pifervia Analysis
Thursday, March 12, 2015

The first three chapters of this book ask whether the conventional wisdom regarding deterrence based on the threat of a nuclear attack remains valid in present geopolitical circumstances, especially from an American point of view.  The authors build a case for challenging the status quo.

The Global Commons - Building a New Cooperative Security Regime: The War That Must Never Be Fought

by James Goodby, Steven Pifervia Analysis
Thursday, March 12, 2015

The cooperative nuclear control regime that was built up over decades has shown serious signs of decay.