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Policy Memo Assignment (2)

by Sara Moller

Instructions: Using the template provided, write a decision memo addressing the prompt below.

Prompt: It is December 2020. The president/president-elect has asked you to prepare a decision memo for him on the status of the New START Treaty negotiations and U.S. options. To assist you in advising the president/president-elect on U.S. arms control efforts, your aide has provided you with some background materials (see below). Using these materials, make a recommendation to the president on the way forward.

Documents for Policy Memo 2:

Amy Woolf, “The New START Treaty: Central Limits and Key Provisions,” Congressional Research Services, June 10, 2020. [47 pages]

James Timbie, “A Way Forward,” Daedalus 149, no. 2 (Spring 2020): 190-204. [15 pages]

Testimony of the Honorable Thomas Countryman, “Russia and Arms Control: Extending New Start or Starting Over?” House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, July 25, 2019. [10 pages]

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  • Students learn to critically analyze a contemporary nuclear security issue as well as the craft of memo writing.

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