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. 8, October

Arms Control and the New 'War'
FOCUS As President George W. Bush and congressional leaders have correctly suggested, the response to the devastating attacks on New York and the Pentagon requires unprecedented international cooperation to prevent future outbreaks of terrorism. This...
Bill Aims to Lift Nuclear Reductions Restriction
The fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill before the Senate contains language that would lift a 1998 restriction effectively barring the president from unilaterally reducing U.S. strategic nuclear forces below START I levels. The restriction would...
Bush Waives Nuclear-Related Sanctions on India, Pakistan
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS EXERCISING WAIVER AUTHORITY granted by Congress in 1999, on September 22 President George W Bush lifted sanctions imposed on India and Pakistan for their 1998 nuclear tests. The president also removed other sanctions related to...
CD Negotiating Session Concludes without Progress
CONCLUDING ITS THIRD straight year without negotiations, the UN Conference on Disarmament (CD) met July 30-September 14 in Geneva and closed the last third of this year's negotiating session. The current CD president, Ambassador Roberto Betancourt--...
Deomcrats Withdraw Missile Defense Restrictions
SEEKING TO SHOW solidarity with the president after the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, congressional Democrats largely shelved legislative efforts to limit the Bush administration's ballistic missile defense plans. Although...
Guarding Nuclear Reactors and Material from Terrorists and Thieves
For decades the United States has sought international standards to ensure that nuclear facilities and materials are physically protected against theft and sabotage. On September 11, the need for such an initiative became strikingly apparent as analysts...
International Reaction to Secret U.S. Bio-Weapons Research Muted
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS RECENT REVELATIONS REGARDING secret U.S. biological weapons research have met with little international reaction despite concerns over whether the programs violate U.S. commitments under the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC)....
Non-Proliferation Policy and the War on Terrorism
In recent years, much emphasis has been placed on responding to the consequences of an attack rather than on preventing terrorist acquisition or use of weapons of mass destruction. On September 11, a small group of terrorists inflicted the level of death...
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Conference Postponed
On September 20, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan postponed a conference on facilitating the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty's (CTBT) entry into force after a majority of states that have ratified the agreement requested the delay. The CTBT bans all nuclear...
Pentagon Tests Missile Defense Booster
On August 31, the Pentagon conducted the first flight test of the booster to be used in the proposed U.S. ground-based missile defense system. Boeing, the lead private contractor for the defense. system, declared the long-delayed flight a success. According...
Russia Sends Conflicting Messages on Missile Defenses
RUSSIAN OFFICIALS SENT mixed signals during September about the possible consequences of a unilateral U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, which prohibits both countries from building nationwide defenses against strategic ballistic...
The End of Unilaterialism? Arms Control after September 11
The best course for a safer, more secure United States lies in the president returning to multilateral treaties and other forms of action taken in concert with the rest of the world. Until a few weeks ago, the actions of George W. Bush's administration...
U.S. Outlines Plans for Missile Defense Talks with China
IN A SEPTEMBER 4 statement, the White House refuted reports that it plans to consent to Chinese strategic modernization efforts in exchange for muted Chinese opposition to U.S. missile defense plans. Instead, the Bush administration says that it will...