Cover Osteuropa 12/2022

In Osteuropa 12/2022

Infectious Refusal to Cooperate
USA vs. RF: The Death of Nuclear Arms Control

Hanna Notte

Deutsche Fassung


Exclusion is an important strategy in international politics. In spite of an overarching conflict, states set certain areas aside and cooperate to their mutual advantage. This practice is becoming increasingly rare in US-Russia relations. Moscow is threatening to end joint nuclear arms control, in order to get the US to stop supporting Ukraine. After the ABM Treaty and the INF Treaty, the New START Treaty, the last major bilateral agreement on nuclear arms control, is now teetering on the brink of collapse. Many other areas of international cooperation are also affected by the spreading logic of confrontation: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the nuclear agreement with Iran, humanitarian aid deliveries to north-west Syria, and joint climate research in the Arctic.

(Osteuropa 12/2022, pp. 3–11)