Arms Control Today

Arms Control Today is a magazine published 10 times a year by the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC. Founded in 1972, its subjects are international arms control issues, peace and international affairs. Its audience includes policy makers, educators and the general public.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, January/February

Global Panel Calls for Steep Nuclear Cuts
Providing a boost to President Barack Obama's nuclear weapons agenda, an international panel of experts sponsored by Australia and Japan released a report Dec. 15 finding that global stockpiles of nuclear weapons should be reduced 90 percent by 2025...
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House Adopts Iran Oil Sanctions
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Dec. 15 to penalize companies that provide refined petroleum to Iran, advancing congressional efforts to strengthen sanctions against Tehran.The Senate is considering similar measures in more expansive...
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IAEA Board Approves Russian Fuel Bank Plan
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors has adopted a resolution authorizing Russia to establish a reserve of low-enriched uranium (LEU) as part of an international nonproliferation plan.In addition to approving the proposed...
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In a First, U.S. Attends Landmine Meeting
For the first time since the Mine Ban Treaty entered into force in 1999, the United States officially participated in a meeting of states-parties, joining more than 120 other countries in Colombia Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at the treaty's second fiveyear review...
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Indian-U.S. Nuclear Trade Still Faces Hurdles
More than a year after the Indian-U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement entered into force, multiple obstacles remain before U.S. companies can receive licenses for nuclear exports to India, documents and interviews indicate.The countries have not yet agreed...
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Making the Nuclear Security Summit Matter: An Agenda for Action
The April nuclear security summit that President Barack Obama will host in Washington will be an unprecedented event. More than 40 heads of state from the developed and developing world will gather to discuss the need to prevent nuclear terrorism and...
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Obama's Big Nuclear Test
President Barack Obama's campaign to confront global nuclear weapons threats started with a bang. In April in Prague, Obama reiterated the U.S. commitment to "seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons" beginning with renewed U.S....
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OPCW Chiefs Ponder Chemical Arms Deadlines
A possible failure by Russia and the United States to meet a 2012 deadline set by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) for the destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles does not call into question the commitment of states-parties to the eventual elimination...
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Pakistani Nuclear Weapons Now under PM
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari turned over formal control of the nation's nuclear arsenal to Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Guani in November amid continuing political upheaval and doubts about the future of his presidency.Zardari's decision to give...
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Russia Drafts European Security Pact
A Russian proposal for a new European security treaty has drawn support from some former Soviet states, but Western government leaders and others have reacted coolly to the plan.The text of the draft treaty was published Nov. 29 on the Kremlin's official...
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Safeguards Noncompliance: A Challenge for the IAEA and the UN Security Council
Compliance with safeguards obligations is a fundamental part of a country's participation in the global nuclear nonproliferation regime. The issue of compliance was central to the contentious discussions at the 2005 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)...
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Seeking Biosecurity without Verification: The New U.S. Strategy on Biothreats
During a December 9 speech to the annual meeting of states-parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Geneva, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen O. Tauscher declared, "The Obama administration will not...
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START Stalls; Talks Continue
Despite repeated pledges by their leaders and other top officials to finish "before the end of the year," Russia and the United States failed to meet their self-imposed deadline for completing a successor to START. But President Barack Obama and Russian...
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U.S. Envoy Holds Talks in North Korea
The Obama administration held its first senior-level meetings with North Korean officials Dec. 8-10 in an attempt to restart multilateral denuclearization talks Pyongyang abandoned in April.The U.S. interagency delegation was led by Stephen Bosworth,...
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U.S. Lays out Plans to Address Biothreats
The Obama administration unveiled a revised U.S. strategy for dealing with biological weapons proliferation and terrorism Dec. 9, altering the Bush administration's approach in some ways but keeping the focus on the threat from bioterrorism and reaffirming...
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Work on Nuclear Security Summit Progresses
Preparations for a planned nuclear security summit in Washington are moving along well, and preliminary discussions on follow-up meetings have already begun, a senior Department of State official said in a Dec. 22 interview.World leaders are scheduled...
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