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. 31, No. 10, December

Anthrax Continues to Surface; Source Unknown
NEWS BRIEFS Government officials have not yet identified the source behind the bioterrorist attack that has left five people dead from anthrax, and spores of the bacterium continue to be found in new locations. (See ACT, November 2001.) Since the beginning...
Beyond the Nuclear Dimension: Forging Stability in South Asia
To the extent that there is a nuclear threat in South Asia, it lies not in the vulnerability of Pakistan's arsenal to domestic discord but in the ongoing conflict over the fate of Kashmir. As the United States has prosecuted its war against the Taliban,...
Bush, Putin Pledge Nuclear Cuts; Implementation Unclear
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS ON NOVEMBER 13, President George W. Bush pledged to reduce the deployed U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads over the next 10 years, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to say that Russia would...
CTBT Rogue State?
THE U.S. BOYCOTT of the November 11-13 UN conference to encourage support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) fits a pattern of unilateralist nonengagement that is becoming the hallmark of the Bush administration's arms control policy. Washington's...
DOE Threat Reduction Funding Cut, Programs Reorganized
ON NOVEMBER 12, President George W. Bush signed into law a bill that provides less money for Energy Department nonproliferation efforts than was allocated last year, but more than his administration had asked for in its budget request. The law also reorganizes...
Fuzzy Nuclear Math
At November's Washington-Crawford summit, President George W. Bush announced his intention to reduce U.S. strategic nuclear forces from today's 6,000 deployed warheads to 1,700-2,200 deployed warheads within 10 years. The proposal, along with the Texas-style...
No Bush-Putin Agreement on ABM Treaty, Missile Defenses
DURING THREE DAYS of mid-November talks held in Washington and Crawford, Texas, President George W. Bush failed to secure an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin that would let the United States move forward with its missile defense plans...
Open Skies Treaty to Enter into Force
On November 2, Russia and Belarus deposited their instruments of ratification for the Open Skies Treaty, triggering the 60day countdown for the accord's entry into force on January 1, 2002. Negotiated by NATO and former members of the now-defunct Warsaw...
The BWC after the Protocol: Previewing the Review Conference
An ACA Press Conference On November 16, the Arms Control Association held a press conference to discuss the November 19-December 7 review conference of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva. Speakers addressed the role of the convention in...
The Unruly Hedge: Cold War Thinking at the Crawford Summit
The hedge is a dangerous signal of intent that could undermine the very trust that President Bush has said should be the basis for a new U.S.-- Russian strategic relationship. President George W. Bush's announcement on November 13 that the U.S. strategic...
UN Conference Shows Support for Test Ban; U.S. Absent
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS A NOVEMBER 11-13 UN conference intended to advance entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) showcased strong international support for the pact but was marred by a U.S. decision not to attend. Delegates from...
U.S. BWC Proposals: Useful but Insufficient
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS News Analysis ALTHOUGH A GOOD beginning, U.S. proposals to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) fall short of what is necessary for a well-rounded plan to combat germ weapons. Improving upon member states' domestic...
U.S., India Discussing Arms Deals, Military Ties
TOP U.S. OFFICIALS visited India in November seeking closer military ties and possible arms deals with New Delhi after a more than three-year period during which such relations were prohibited. On November 5, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met with...
U.S. Military Package for Pakistan Set
As part of its ongoing war against terrorism, the United States announced November 6 that it would supply Pakistan with $73 million in military aid to help Islamabad improve its border security. However, Secretary of State Colin Powell later ruled out...
U.S. Offers Nuclear Security Assistance to Pakistan
THE UNITED STATES has offered to help Pakistan secure its nuclear weapons and nuclear facilities following the September 11 terrorist attacks and the start of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan. During a November 1 press briefing, Pakistani Foreign Minister...
U.S. Presents Alternatives to BWC Protocol at Review Conference
IN A NOVEMBER 19 statement at the fifth Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) review conference in Geneva, the United States formally presented proposals to strengthen the convention, which outlaws germ weapons but lacks verification measures. The Bush...