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. 37, No. 1, January/February

Blair: Retain UK Nuclear Weapons
British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently unveiled a plan to extend until about midcentury his country's possession of a slimmed-down nuclear weapons arsenal. British lawmakers will vote as early as March on the initiative.The United Kingdom deploys...
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Chemical Weapons Deadlines Extended
A Dec. 5-8 meeting in The Hague of members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) granted the United States and Russia a five-year extension to a 2007 deadline for destroying their chemical weapons stockpiles. Both countries,...
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China Updates Nuclear Export Regulations
For the first time in almost 10 years, China has updated its export controls on nuclear technology. China's State Council published the changes Dec. 1, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.According to Xinhua, the regulations, originally issued in...
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Congress Exempts India from Nuclear Trade Rules
President George W. Bush Dec. 18 signed into law legislation making India eligible for broad U.S. civil nuclear exports for the first time in roughly three decades. But commencement of such trade still hinges on a series of negotiations that India's...
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Editor's NOTE
When it comes to agreements governing dangerous weapons and dangerous materials, there is sometimes a significant chasm between the lofty aims of such accords and the often gritty details that are needed to make them truly effective on a day-to-day basis.The...
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Enforcing International Standards: Protecting Nuclear Materials from Terrorists Post-9/11
For a long time, how nuclear facilities were protected from terrorists and thieves has been largely the prerogative of the facilities themselves or individual governments.1 But the September 11 terrorist attacks and statements by Osama bin Laden have...
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Iran, North Korea Deepen Missile Cooperation
North Korea has long been known to be a key supplier of missile technology to Iran. Concern about this cooperation, however, has increased in recent months as both countries have expanded their nuclear and missile programs.Pyongyang launched a series...
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Major Policy Shifts Unlikely with Democratic Congress
Democrats take control of Congress this month for the first time in a dozen years, but their ascension is likely to lead to only modest shifts in U.S. arms control and nonproliferation policies, say congressional aides and independent experts.After all,...
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Missile Defense under Scrutiny
Top U.S. defense officials were honored recently for activating a rudimentary anti-ballistic missile system last year. But a key lawmaker says more testing is needed to prove the system can work, and a Pentagon advisory task force also has questioned...
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New Nuclear Designs, New Questions
Recent scientific studies have concluded that a core element of most U.S. nuclear warheads will last decades longer than previously predicted. Still, government officials and a recent Pentagon task force say the U.S. nuclear stockpile and production...
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New Reasons to Reject New Warheads
For years, some scientists and policymakers have worried that the reliability of U.S. nuclear warheads could diminish as their plutonium components age. Such concerns have led some to argue the United States should resume nuclear testing, rebuild its...
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No Progress at North Korea Talks
After a lapse of more than a year, representatives of six countries met in Beijing Dec. 18-22 in another attempt to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. Yet, although the United States presented a new proposal to North Korea during one of several...
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Russia, West Still Split over Georgia, Moldova
The Cold War ended more than 15 years ago, but the legacy of the Soviet Union's breakup still divides governments. At a recent high-level Brussels meeting, Washington and other Western capitals clashed with Moscow over its lingering military presence...
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Shoring Up a Crucial Bridge: South Africa's Pressing Nuclear Choices
Taking advantage of an unusual nuclear history; an innovative, domestic nuclear power industry; and strong ties with other strategic countries, South Africa is emerging as a crucial bridge between developed and developing countries on nuclear issues....
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States Strengthen Biological Weapons Convention
The sixth review conference of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) concluded Dec. 8, approving a range of measures to strengthen the 1972 treaty. The agreement on a final declaration at the end of the three-week meeting marks the first successful...
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The North Korean Test and the Limits of Nuclear Forensics/Harold Smith Responds
Harold P. Smith ("Nuclear Forensics and the North Korean Test," Arms Control Today, November 2006) writes:Any nuclear explosion creates radioactive noble gases, notably xenon and krypton, that do not combine with other elements in the geologic structure....
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UN Security Council Sanctions Iran
The UN Security Council Dec. 23 responded to Iran's continued failure to comply with its demands by raising the stakes, unanimously approving a new resolution limiting Tehran's ability to obtain materials that could aid its nuclear and missile programs.So...
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Verifying the Chemical Weapons Ban: Missing Elements
The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which bans the development, production, stockpiling, transfer, and use of chemical arms, is the first treaty to prohibit an entire category of "weapons of mass destruction" under strict international verification....
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