President Donald Trump is threatening to pull the US out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces--or INF--Treaty with Russia. Trump is also promising to bolster the nation’s nuclear arsenal until, in his words, other nuclear powers “come to their senses.”
What does a potential withdrawal from the INF mean for US relations with Russia and our European allies? Does it signal a return to a dangerous nuclear arms race and a revival of the Cold War?
University of Minnesota Assistant Professor of Political Science Mark Bell is an expert on nuclear weapons and proliferation and American foreign policy. He offers his insights on the INF and the possible consequences if the US bows out of the treaty.