Steven Pifer, Defense One

Steven Pifer

Defense One

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Steven:

On Arms Control, Little Reason for Optimism

Officials in Moscow and Beijing will read Mr. Billingslea’s interview and see nothing to give them reason to negotiate. → Read More


Opinion: The Coronavirus Crisis Presents An Opportunity To End War In Ukraine

"Especially during a pandemic, it is insanity for Russian-led forces and Ukrainians to be killing each other," write former U.S. envoys to Ukraine William B. Taylor, Steven Pifer and John E. Herbst. → Read More

Pompeo Visited Ukraine. Good. What Next?

Ukrainians want action to demonstrate the Trump administration's commitment to the country. → Read More

Trump’s Bid to Go Big on Nuclear Arms Looks Like a Fizzle

Russia has no interest in negotiating from scratch. China has no interest in negotiating at all. → Read More

NATO’s Ukraine Challenge

Ukrainians want membership, but obstacles abound. → Read More

Brookings experts react to the new Missile Defense Review

Last week, the Trump administration released its congressionally-mandated Missile Defense Review (MDR). Below, five Brookings experts on defense offer their key takeaways on the document. → Read More

Steven Pifer

Steven Pifer is a William J. Perry fellow at Stanford and a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution. → Read More

John Bolton Keeps Citing This 2002 Pact as an Arms-Control Model. It’s Really Not.

The Treaty of Moscow was ill-defined, unverifiable — and not something that Russia would sign today. → Read More

Trump faults Russia for INF treaty pullout but did little to save it

The administration left both military and diplomatic options on the table. → Read More

Commentary: Little resolution on Crimea, even as Ukraine moves out of Russia's embrace

Attitudes among Ukrainians towards Russia are beginning to harden as the country deepens its link to Europe while severing ties with its eastern ... → Read More

What Helsinki agreements? This is not normal

Three days now have passed since Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki. Russian officials are talking about agreements coming out of that meeting, but Americans have no idea what was agreed. This is not normal. → Read More

U.S. response to Russian treaty violation plays into Moscow’s hands

House and Senate conferees agreed last week on language to authorize the Pentagon to spend $58 million in response to the Russian violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, including through developing a U.S. intermediate-range missile. That would be a waste of money. → Read More

How Washington should respond to Russia’s missile treaty violation

In 2014, the U.S. government charged that Russia had violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) by testing a banned ground-launched cruise missile of intermediate range. Three weeks ago, The New York Times reported that Russia has deployed the missile. This is a serious matter. → Read More

Is Russia a threat?

Steven Pifer, senior fellow and director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, examines the relationship between the U.S. and Russia in terms of nuclear policy, arms control, and th… → Read More

Adam Mount

Adam Mount is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. → Read More

Steven Pifer

Steven Pifer is director of the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. → Read More

Trump’s Bid to Remove NATO Official Could Easily Backfire on the US

Trump’s Bid to Remove NATO Official Could Easily Backfire on the US By Steven Pifer and Adam Mount December 15, 2016 A deeply ugly political game playing out in Washington is now reaching across the Atlantic. The Washington Post reported this week that Trump transition officials privately urged NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to remove Rose Gottemoeller from her position as the… → Read More

Will Ukraine dash its hopes for Western support?

Despite formidable challenges, Ukraine has made important progress, and Ukrainians deserve credit for this. The United States and Europe should support Ukraine. But a note of caution: Kiev should not take that support for granted. What the Ukrainian leadership does—or does not do—will affect that support and whether there is a revival of “Ukraine fatigue” in the West. → Read More

What Ukraine’s new prime minister is (and isn’t) likely to achieve

A months-long political crisis in Kiev came to an end on April 14, when Ukraine’s Rada (parliament) approved a new prime minister. Expectations that the government will move on needed reforms and anti-corruption measures, however, are low. → Read More

Takeaways from Obama’s last Nuclear Security Summit

The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit—the fourth and final summit to be held in its current format—brought together leaders and representatives of 52 countries and four regional and international organizations. Here's what happened. → Read More