The Future of European Security Architecture   

Thursday, 21 April 2022 / 16:30 – 18:00 CET

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The Multilateral Dialogue of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Vienna, together with Atomic Reporters, invites you to an online discussion on The Future of European Security Architecture. With the catastrophic invasion of Ukraine by Russia, war has returned to Europe some three decades after the end of the Cold War and seven decades after the end of World War II. The Cold War and post-Cold War international and European security architecture has been steadily eroding. The record of the 21st century shows military invasions and interventions as well as the collapse of the arms control and security architecture inter alia of the ABM Treaty in 2002, the CFE Treaty in 2007/2011, the Budapest Memorandum in 2014, the INF Treaty in 2019, and the Open Skies Treaty in 2021. The immediate priorities should be a cease fire and status quo ante prior to mid-February in Ukraine and measures to avoid: new and destabilizing military deployments; dangerous encounters between Russian and NATO/US forces; raising nuclear alert levels; and nuclear threats. Previously Russia and the US have exchanged nuclear arms control and security proposals; how could this security dialogue be resumed after end of hostilities to defuse US/NATO-Russia tensions; how to reestablish a common European security architecture of arms control measures to prevent an all-out arms race; how to prevent new riskier confrontations; and what could be the priorities for NATO’s new Strategic Concept due to be adopted at its Madrid Summit in June 2022. These and related forward looking developments concerning nuclear arms control will be the focus of this expert discussion.


Rose Gottemoeller was Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, and as Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (2009–2010) was the Chief US Negotiator of the New START Treaty; and was Deputy Secretary General of NATO (2016–2019). Currently, she is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and serves as the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Centre for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)

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. Rose Gottemoeller published her book entitled, Negotiating the New START Treaty, in May 2021.

Oliver Meier is Senior Researcher, Berlin office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg (IFSH), where he also is in charge of the trilateral German-Russian-US Deep Cuts Commission. Formerly he was: Deputy Head International Security Division German Institute for International and Security Affairs; International Correspondent and Representative of the Arms Control Association; a staffer for a member of the Bundestag’s Foreign Relations Committee and Chairwoman of the Sub-Committee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; and a fellow at the Center for Arms Control and International Security at Stanford University.

Alexander Kmentt is Ambassador, Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs; President-designate of the Vienna Conference on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons and the First Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons scheduled for June 2022 in Vienna. He has served as Austria’s Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union in Brussels. Alexander Kmentt published his book entitled, The Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons: How it was Achieved and Why it Matters, in May 2021.


Tariq Rauf is on the Board of Directors of Atomic Reporters; he is former Head of Verification & Security Policy Coordination, Alternate Head of the IAEA NPT Delegation, Office reporting to the Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency; he was a member of the Eminent Persons Group for Substantive Progress on Nuclear Disarmament convened by the Foreign Minister of Japan; Senior Advisor to Chair Main Committee I (nuclear disarmament) 2015 NPT Review Conference and to the Chair 2014 session of the NPT Preparatory Committee; former expert advisor with Canada’s NPT delegation.