Book Review: “Negotiating the New START Treaty” by Rose Gottemoeller

“Rose Gottemoeller, who served as undersecretary of state for arms control in the Obama administration, was tasked with negotiating the first comprehensive bilateral nuclear-arms-control treaty between the United States and Russia in more than a quarter of a century, and to do so in less than a year – an unprecedentedly short time. Despite the enormity of this task, she successfully negotiated the 2010 New START treaty. This book is a highly readable and engaging personal account of the process… Gottemoeller enumerates several ‘gold standard treaty lessons learned’ (p.171): to have carefully defined national-security objectives when embarking on negotiations; to understand the Russians’ political imperatives and the pressures they are under; to not engage in ‘drive-by’ negotiations; and to keep the Russians informed during the Senate ratification process.” —Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

Negotiating the New START Treaty is the winner of the 2021 Douglas Dillon Award for a Book of Distinction on the Practice of American Diplomacy. The book includes color images.

About the author: Rose Gottemoeller is the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation. She is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Before joining Stanford, Gottemoeller was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2016 to 2019, where she helped to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism. Prior to NATO, she served for nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation and political-military affairs. While Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief US negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. Before this government service, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008 and is currently a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program.

This book is in the Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security (RCCS) Series (General Editor: Geoffrey R.H. Burn)

Negotiating the New START Treaty is available in hardcover, paperback, and multiple digital formats. Order at the Cambria Press website.

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