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. 30, No. 2, March

CD Deadlock Continues as U.S. and China Square Off
THE UNITED STATES and China reiterated competing negotiation priorities and sharply criticized each other at the UN Conference on Disarmament (CD) during February, lowering the likelihood that the 66 conference members will soon reach the required consensus...
Clinton Again Relaxes Export Controls on Supercomputers
CITING TREMENDOUS ADVANCES in the computing industry and potential economic and security benefits to the United States, President Clinton announced a relaxation of licensing requirements for the export of high-performance computers (HPCs) on February...
Iraq Again Rejects 1284 While Pressures Build on Sanctions
AMID GROWING INTERNATIONAL concern about the humanitarian situation in Iraq, Baghdad reiterated its rejection of the UN Security Council's new weapons inspection organization, the United Nations Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC),...
Missile Defense Program under Excessive Pressure, Pentagon Report Says
IN AN ANNUAL report covering the operational and live-fire testing of 161 military systems, the Defense Department called the current national missile defense (NMD) program high-risk and described the planned deployment readiness review as an "artificial...
NMD Decision-Who's in Charge?
Self-inflicted pressure to meet a self-imposed July deadline continues to build for a presidential decision on deployment of a national missile defense (NMD). Although President Clinton has asserted that no decision has been made, his senior advisors,...
No Breakthroughs at BWC Ad Hoc Group Meeting
THE AD HOC Group of states-parties to the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) held its 18th session in Geneva from January 17 to February 4 without making any breakthroughs on the two central areas of contention-technical cooperation and compliance...
Pakistan Establishes Nuclear Control Body
Pakistan Establishes Nuclear Control Body On February 3, Pakistan's National Security Council announced the establishment of a new body responsible for creating policy regarding the development and use of Pakistan's nuclear weapons. The new organization,...
Proliferation Threats Continue, Administration Officials Say
OFFERING THE GRIM assessment that proliferation threats will continue to grow, several senior administration officials visited Capitol Hill in early February to discuss a wide range of security issues facing the United States. While addressing many potential...
Shifting Priorities: UNMOVIC and the Future of Inspections in Iraq
An Interview With Ambassador Rolf Ekeus Rolf Ekeus, Sweden's ambassador to the United States and former executive chairman of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM), was in the headlines this January when UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan...
Sparking a Buildup: U.S. Missile Defense and China's Nuclear Arsenal
"A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it." -Chinese proverb Currently, China is exploring how to modernize its aging nuclear, forces as it simultaneously finds itself adapting to the circumstances...
The 'Coyle Report'
In February 14, the Defense Department's office of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E) released its annual report covering the operational and live-fire testing of 161 military systems, including the limited national missile defense (NMD) program....
U.S.-Chinese Relations Strained over Taiwan
IN A MOVE that prompted U.S. warnings that any military action would cause "grave concern," Beijing issued a white paper February 21 expanding the circumstances under which it would use force to reunify Taiwan with China. Couched amid statements promoting...
U.S., Russia Negotiate Spent Fuel Reprocessing Moratorium
DESPITE DENIALS BY a high-level Russian official, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says that it has reached an agreement "in principle" to suspend Russia's reprocessing of civil reactor-generated spent fuel. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced...
U.S., Russia Reassess Reactor Conversion Agreement
U.S. AND RUSSIAN officials are reassessing a joint project to convert Russia's three military plutonium-production reactors to civilian use. During a meeting in Moscow with a high-level U.S. delegation in late January Russian officials expressed interest...
Wary of the West: Russian Security Policy at the Millennium
Russia's new national security concept mixes elements of exceptionalism, great power concerns, and material interests in the international economy. Russia's national security policy is defined by opposition and diversity ideas and interests, power and...