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James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy


Nuclear security in Russia has continued to evolve since the suspension of nearly all US–Russian nuclear-security cooperation in 2014, but the United States and the rest of the world now know much less about the directions of this evolution. This article assesses the current state of nuclear security in Russia based on an examination of key drivers of Russia’s nuclear-security system, from allocation of resources to regulatory oversight. It then outlines four scenarios for the future of evolution of nuclear security in Russia, describing potential causes, implications, and observable indicators for each scenario. It closes with recommendations designed to maximize the chance of moving onto a path of continuous improvement of nuclear security.


Bunn, Matthew and Kovchegin, Dmitri. "Nuclear Security in Russia: Can Progress be Sustained?" Nonproliferation Review 24.5-6 (Spring 2018): 527-551.