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. 1, January/February

Agreement to End INF Inspections Signed
Meeting at the 26th session of the Special Verification Commission (SVC), representatives of the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed an agreement December 14 that regulates completion of inspections under the Intermediate-Range...
A 'New' Approach to the Small Arms Trade
In recent years, governments have focused unprecedented levels of attention on the proliferation of light weapons-in relation to both crime and humanitarian concerns. The UN General Assembly voted in 1999 to hold a global conference-its first ever-on...
BMDO Awards Boeing NMD Contract
On December 22, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO), which oversees U.S. missile defense programs, awarded Boeing a contract to continue development of the Clinton administration's proposed limited national missile defense (NMD) through...
Bush Assembles Pro-Missile Defense National Security Team
ASSEMBLING HIS CABINET and White House staff in December after a protracted election process, President-elect George W. Bush put together a national security team that is expected to support building a robust U.S. national missile defense. Bush nominated...
BWC Ad Hoc Group Meets; Chairman's Talks Continue
THE AD HOC Group of states party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) held its last negotiating session for the year from November 20 to December 8. Although the talks did not make any overt headway on major controversial issues, according to a...
Campaign Promises vs. Real World Responsibilities
Campaign Promises vs. Real World Responsibilities President-elect George W. Bush's public record indicates arms control is in for a very rough time during his tenure. He has stated that he will withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty unless...
Chile Proposes Purchase of U.S. F-16 Fighters
Chile Proposes Purchase of U.S. F-16 Fighters Nearly three-and-a-half years after the Clinton administration rescinded what was effectively a ban on advanced weapons exports to Latin America, Chile announced on December 27 that it would buy 10 to 12...
Moscow Reportedly Moves Tactical Nuclear Arms to Baltics
RUSSIA HAS REPORTEDLY moved tactical nuclear weapons to a military base in Kaliningrad, an action that would contravene its apparent pledge to keep the Baltic region nuclear-free and could violate its 1991 commitment not to deploy tactical nuclear weapons....
Report on the Findings and Recommendations concerning the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
Concluding a 10 month-long review, General John Shalikashvili released his report on the Comprehensive Test Ran Treaty (CTBT) to the president laur 5. voicing strong support for the treaty and outlining measures to build bipartisan support for it. (For...
Russia Deploys Six Topol-M Long-Range Missiles
Russia Deploys Six Topol-M Long-Range Missiles On December 26, Russia deployed six Topol-M missiles, four fewer than had been expected. Russia fielded 10 Topol-Ms in both 1998 and 1999, but its deployments have fallen well short of the goals set forth...
Russia Stands by Decision to Sell Arms to Iran
IN DECEMBER MEETINGS with high-level U.S. government officials, Russia reaffirmed that it would sell weapons to Iran, confirming Moscow's earlier declaration that it would withdraw from a June 1995 agreement not to sell arms to Tehran. During the talks,...
Shalikashvili Issues Report Supporting Test Ban Treaty
CONCLUDING THAT THE "advantages of the test ban treaty outweigh any disadvantages" and calling for bipartisan efforts to forge an "integrated proliferation strategy for the new century," General John Shalikashvili formally presented his report on the...
The Uncertain Future of U.S.-Russian Cooperative Nuclear Security
The political circumstances that supported the initiation and growth of Nunn-Lugar have dramatically changed, threatening the future of U.S.Russian cooperative security programs. In 1991, Congress created a fledgling effort aimed at controlling the nuclear...
UN Passes Arms Embargo against Taliban
UN Passes Arms Embargo Against Taliban The UN Security Council passed a resolution December 19 imposing new sanctions, including an arms embargo, against the Taliban for supporting international terrorism. UN Security Council Resolution 1333 prohibits...
U.S., Russia Sign Missile- and Space-Launch Notification Deal
AIMING TO REDUCE the risk of inadvertent nuclear war, the United States and Russia approved an agreement December 16 that is intended to decrease the possibility of false warning of a strategic missile attack by having Washington and Moscow inform each...
U.S. to End Limit on Russian Space Launches
U.S. to End Limit on Russian Space Launches Citing the Russian government's progress in stemming proliferation of missile technology to Iran, the Clinton administration opted not to renew a seven-year-old agreement that restricted the number of international...
Wassenaar Arrangement Agrees on MANPADS Export Criteria
AFTER MORE THAN two years of negotiations, the 33 members of the Wassenaar Arrangement agreed at their annual plenary meeting to non-binding criteria to guide exports of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. At the meeting, held November 30 and December...