Episode 9: Nuclear Arms Control and Stability in a Post-INF Treaty World, with Jeff Pryce

The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (“INF”) Treaty, which required the destruction of the ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, was a landmark nuclear arms-control pact with Russia that has been described as a cornerstone of European security. However, citing treaty violations by Russia, the Trump Administration announced its decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty in February.

Drawing from his experiences at the Defense Department where he negotiated nuclear disarmament agreements and advised on international security issues, Jeff Pryce discusses his perspectives on the historical context of the INF Treaty, the U.S. decision to withdraw, Russia’s response, the situation with China, and the significance and potential impacts of its demise.

Guest: Jeff Pryce, Of Counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Professorial Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and former Special Counsel for International Affairs and Counselor to the Under Secretary of Policy at the Department of Defense.

About the Podcast

The Society's podcast International Law Behind the Headlines, hosted by Catherine Amirfar and Kal Raustiala, tackles, through interviews with today's top legal experts, the international legal issues dominating today's headlines. All episodes are available via iTunes, SoundCloud, and here.

Catherine Amirfar is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Co-Chair of the firm's Public International Law Group and a member of the Management Committee. Her practice focuses on international commercial and treaty arbitration, international and complex commercial litigation, and public international law. Prior to rejoining Debevoise in 2016, Ms. Amirfar spent two years as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State and received the State Department's Superior Honor Award in recognition of her contributions to the Department. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the U.S. State Department Advisory Council on International Law (ACIL). In 2020 Ms. Amirfar was elected President of the Society, having previously served as Vice President from 2016 to 2018.

Kal Raustiala is professor at UCLA School of Law and the UCLA International Institute. Since 2007 he has served as director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations, and from 2012-2015 as UCLA's Associate Vice Provost for International Studies. A graduate of Duke University, Professor Raustiala holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, National University of Singapore, and Princeton. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law, from 2016-2018 he served as Vice President of the American Society of International Law.