On 21 June, SIPRI, in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the European Leadership Network, held a seminar on managing the collapse of the 1987 Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). The event took place at the Heinrich Böll Foundation headquarters in Berlin.
With a focus on political, military, doctrinal, and security dynamics spanning the Euro-Atlantic region, the seminar brought together around 20 academic, diplomatic, military, and technical experts from Belarus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The event included an in-depth analysis of the current arms control landscape as well as political and military responses from European countries, Russia and the United States. The discussions concluded with an exploration of confidence-building measures to prevent and mitigate potential escalations after the expiration of the INF Treaty.
Dr Sibylle Bauer, Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament, Dr Petr Topychkanov, Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme and Dr Tytti Erästö, Researcher in the SIPRI Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, co-organized the seminar. Dr Bauer and Dr Topychkanov were also among the speakers at the event.