On 8-10 July 2002 Pugwash, in collaboration with the Russian Pugwash Group, organized a workshop on Impending Challenges to Strategic Stability: Constraining the Nuclear Threat, held in Moscow.
A strong theme was the potential or present instability in East Asia and particularly South Asia and the Middle East. The US-Russian relationship was discussed in the immediate aftermath of the Moscow Summit in May, where the successor to the SALT-START strategic nuclear weapons treaties was signed, and the termination in June of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty upon the US withdrawal. The fact that the workshop covered but did not dwell on these US-Russian matters (or even the changing political relationship between the two) is evidence that concerns about strategic stability and nuclear weapons are largely focused elsewhere.
Rapporteur: John B. Rhinelander