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Thirty Years after the INF Treaty

Remembering the 1985 Geneva Summit and Lessons Learned

On 19-20 November 1985 US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time in Geneva. Among other topics they discussed arms control and disarmament negotiations and confirmed their agreement on the principle of 50 per cent reductions in their nuclear arms as well as the idea of an interim Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. The Geneva Summit paved the way for further negotiations, including the 1986 Reykjavik Summit where both leaders agreed to remove all INF systems from Europe.

The INF Treaty was signed on 8 December 1987 in Washington DC and led to the elimination of nearly 3,000 missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 km. Today’s tensions between the US and Russia cast a shadow on the implementation of the Treaty and may endanger its contribution to strategic stability and disarmament.

This discussion among experts will allow to examine what useful lessons could be learned from those Cold War talks and agreements.

A light lunch will be served from 13:15.


-        Ambassador Yuri Nazarkine, former Representative of the Soviet Union to the Conference on Disarmament and the bilateral nuclear and space talks, and participant to the INF negotiations

-        Mr Michael Friend, former Advisor at the United States Department of Defense

Moderator: Ms Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga, Vice President, Association of Correspondents Accredited to the UN

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