ZOOM Briefing

How to fix, preserve and strengthen the Open Skies Treaty?

In a world of growing mistrust and uncertainty over military intentions, the Open Skies Treaty provides transparency across the Euro-Atlantic between Vancouver and Vladivostok. And yet, on May 21, 2020 President Trump declared that the U.S. would withdraw from this treaty. Which consequences would a possible U.S. withdrawal have? How can remaining parties act now? And what are options to ensure continued treaty implementation - especially with regard to the official conference of the States Parties? The authors of the latest trilateral U.S.-Russian-German Issue Brief by the Deep Cuts Project will address these and further questions in this Zoom briefing and Q&A.


  • Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Previously, Senior Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
  • Colonel (ret) Wolfgang Richter, Senior Associate at the International Security Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Previously, Head of the military section of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the OSCE, Vienna.
  • Andrei Zagorski, Head of the Department of Disarmament and Conflict Resolution, Center for International Security at Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University).

Moderated by Oliver Meier, Senior Researcher at the Berlin office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH).

Please register with info@remove-this.deepcuts.org and you will receive the Zoom ID and password.

The Deep Cuts Project involves a trilateral Commission of experts from the U.S., Russia, and Germany. The Commission actively participates in and contributes to the debate on arms control regimes through means of realistic analyses and specific recommendations. The Project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.