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  • David C. Logan Assistant Professor in National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College
  • Gerald C. Brown Defense Analyst at Valiant Integrated Services
  • Heather Williams Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Duyeon Kim Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New for a New American Security
  • Miles A. Pomper Senior Fellow in the Washington DC office of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Sanjana Gogna Research Associate at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)


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Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR8 – Next steps for the US-China strategic nuclear relationship


Conducted with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this study seeks to provide an in-depth analysis of strategic nuclear issues of significance to the bilateral relationship to pinpoint the challenges to, and opportunities for, improving the current state of affairs between Washington and Beijing. The study, in other words, aims to propose an assessment of key issues and, insofar as possible, solutions or mitigation measures to address US-China strategic nuclear problems, including those that are seemingly intractable. It is motivated by the idea that even (or perhaps especially) when stark pessimism dominates, it is essential to be clear about what is in “the realm of the possible” to improve the situation, and to act on it.

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Table of Contents

David Santoro

Chapter 1 | Intensifying US-China nuclear competition: The evolution of US and Chinese nuclear strategies
David C. Logan

Chapter 2 | Baby steps: Laying the groundwork for US-Chinese arms control and risk reduction
Gerald C. Brown

Chapter 3 | Five scenarios for the P5 process: Opportunities for Beijing and Washington
Heather Williams

Chapter 4 | A bridge too far: US-China cooperation on the Korean Peninsula
Duyeon Kim

Chapter 5 | US-China areas of cooperation: Nonproliferation and nuclear security
Miles A. Pomper and Sanjana Gogna