Congressional Briefings

Reducing the Risks of Nuclear Use: A RAND Briefing for Senate Offices

A Phased Approach for Improving Nuclear Safety and U.S.-Russian Nuclear Relations

Presented by David Mosher, RAND Senior Policy Analyst

Date: Friday, June 6, 2003
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Room: 228 Russell Senate Office Building

Although U.S.-Russian relations and nuclear postures have improved, the risk of accidental and unauthorized use of nuclear weapons remains a serious problem, exacerbated by Russia’s economic problems. David Mosher, senior policy analyst at RAND, will present the results of a recently released RAND book. The authors argue for adopting a phased approach of concrete immediate, near-term, and medium-term steps for improving both nuclear safety and U.S.-Russian relations, which it argues are inextricably linked and need to be addressed together. The research was funded by the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

RSVP: Hunter Granger at or call (703) 413-1100 ext. 5180.

This briefing is based on the following RAND publication, which was released on May 21, 2003:

Beyond the Nuclear Shadow: A Phased Approach for Improving Nuclear Safety and U.S.-Russian Relations

Authors: David E. Mosher, Lowell H. Schwartz, David R. Howell, Lynn E. Davis
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