Nikolai Sokov’s Articles

Nikolai Sokov (Credit: Isis Martins)

A Russian Perspective on Nuclear Disarmament and Post-Nuclear World

To many Russians, the future looks “dark and dangerous,” and not very susceptible to further reductions on Russian reliance on nuclear weapons.

A highly trained and specially equipped quick response unit of the Estonian army, from the 1st Scouts Battalion, secures a road in rural Estonia during Exercise SIIL/Steadfast Javelin. (Source:

Ensuring Deterrence against Russia: The View from NATO States

This CNS report analyzes key NATO states’ threat perceptions of Russia, and provides recommendations in advance of the July 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw.

Russian Cruise Missiles and Implications for USNATO

Russian Cruise Missiles and Implications for US/NATO

A new round of Russian cruise missile tests are stirring up yet another source of contention between the United States and Russia.

Nuclear Weapons and European Security: Dr Bruno Tertrais

Nuclear Weapons and European Security

Video Lecture with Dr. Bruno Tertrais and Dr. Nikolai Sokov on February 24, 2015.

Museum of the Great Patriotic War Kiev Ukraine Sep 2013. (Src: Calflier001, Wikimedia Commons)

The “Return” of Nuclear Weapons

Nikolai Sokov spells out three ways that nuclear weapons feature in the Ukraine crisis.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen outlined changes in the alliance security structure at a summit in Wales September 4.

NATO’s Post-Ukraine Nuclear Policy—The NATO Summit

This week’s NATO summit may mark a turning point away from US-Russian arms control and could lead to a renewed emphasis on nuclear weapons.

NATO Nuclear Dilemma: NATO Ministers of Defense and of Foreign Affairs meet at NATO headquarters in Brussels 2010

Russia’s Actions Resolve NATO Nuclear Dilemma — For Now

Changes to NATO’s defense posture are likely to involve a strengthening of its conventional, rather than nuclear deterrent.

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Why Russia Calls a Limited Nuclear Strike “De-escalation”

If Russia were faced with a large-scale conventional attack that exceeded its capacity for defense, it might respond with a limited nuclear strike.

ICBM Test Launch, Wikimedia Commons

Russia and the INF Treaty: An Alternative Interpretation

Some allege Russia is violating the INF Treaty. Other explanations deserve consideration, according to Senior Fellow Nikolai Sokov.

The New US Plans for Missile Defense: Enough to Reinvigorate US-Russian Arms Control?

A decision to cancel a controversial interceptor is unlikely to overcome the missile defense obstacles that have stalled US-Russian arms control.