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

  • 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)

Written By

  • David Santoro President



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

Introduction | 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