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. 36, No. 2, March

BOOK REVIEW: A Never-Ending Story?
BOOK REVIEW: A Never-Ending Story? War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare From World War I to AI-Qaeda By Jonathan B. Tucker, Pantheon Books, February 20O6, 496 pp.In War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare From World War I to Al-Qaeda, Jonathan Tucker reaffirms his...
Bush Plans Changes in Threat Programs
Continuing the shift in emphasis of U.S. threat reduction efforts toward programs with global reach, the Bush administration's fiscal year 2007 budget request includes cuts to a number of traditional threat reduction programs in the former Soviet Union...
Bush Promotes New Nuclear Plan
The Bush administration hopes emerging nuclear fuel-cycle technologies will help meet U.S. and global energy needs and reduce dangers that civilian nuclear programs might be corrupted for nuclear weapons. But even administration officials indicate that...
Chirac Outlines Expanded Nuclear Doctrine
French President Jacques Chirac Jan. 19 outlined changes to his country's strategic policy, providing unprecedented detail about the circumstances under which France might be prepared to use nuclear weapons. The speech at the nuclear headquarters of...
Editor's NOTE
For more than two years, the United States has been pressing for the UN security Council to confront Iran's nuclear program. As our news section details this month, it looks like the Bush administration will finally get its wish. Still, that has left...
IAEA Reports Iran to UN Security Council
The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors voted Feb. 4 to report its concerns about Iran's nuclear activities, including Tehran's failure to comply with its agency safeguards agreement, to the UN security Council.The decision...
IAEA Resolution on Iran
In its Feb. 4 resolution on Iran's nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors said that "a solution to the Iranian issue would contribute to global nonproliferation efforts and to realizing the objective of a Middle East...
Latin American Arms Sales Moving Forward
Spain plans to proceed with arms sales to Venezuela despite U.S. claims that the exports might upset Latin American security. Meanwhile, the United States recently delivered advanced combat aircraft to Chile, marking the first such transfer to the region...
Letters: TO THE EDITOR
Ending Brazil's Nuclear Weapons ProgramIn recent months, several reports have appeared in the media-in this magazine and elsewhere-discussing Brazil's efforts to develop nuclear weapons and when and how they came about ("Brazilian Regulator Denies Uranium...
Making the Right Call: How the World Can Limit Iran's Nuclear Program
After the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Feb. 4 voted to report Iran to the UN security Council because of concerns over its nuclear program, the rituals of diplomacy persist. The international community sees the security Council move as...
Missile Defense Funding Soars to New Heights
President George W. Bush's fiscal year 2007 budget request reaffirms his administration's commitment to deploying an array of anti-missile systems, including to Europe, despite continuing uncertainty about whether they work. Submitted to Congress Feb....
Nuclear Deal Center Stage for U.S., India
U.S. and Indian government officials often evoke the similarities between their two countries and the breadth of their blossoming "strategic" relationship. But in the prelude to President George W. Bush's March trip to India, one issue commanded attention:...
Pentagon Seeks Strategic Arms Shifts
In a much-anticipated strategy document released Feb. 3, the Department of Defense disclosed plans to trim the number of land-based nuclear missiles and nuclear-capable bombers and convert some submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) to carry conventional...
Plagued by Errors: New Approach Needed to Tackle Proliferation Threats from Anti-Plague System
The former Soviet anti-plague system stands today as a little-known but profoundly important proliferation challenge facing the international community. The Soviet Union managed this unique system, consisting of more than 80 facilities, to control deadly...
Questions Surround Iran's Nuclear Program
Since its investigation of Iran's nuclear programs began during the latter half of 2002, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has discovered a series of clandestine nuclear activities, some of which violated Iran's safeguards agreement with...
Small Arms Talks Hamstrung
As the United Nations prepares to host a review conference on curbing trade in small arms and light weapons, disputes over the extent of such measures and whether they should be legally binding are hampering progress. The disputes have helped block participants...
Solving the Iranian Nuclear Puzzle
Three years after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran had secretly built uranium-enrichment facilities, diplomatic opportunities to resolve concerns about Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions are narrowing fast.To improve the...
Suspension Unravels; IAEA Reacts
Iran has recently taken several steps to resume its uranium-enrichment activities, which Tehran had suspended since November 2004 as part of a broad series of negotiations with leading European countries. In response, the International Atomic Energy...
Tehran's Point Man: An Interview with Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh
On Jan. 23, Oliver Meier, the Arms Control Association's international representative and correspondent, talked to Ambassador AIi Asghar Soltanieh about the escalating confrontation over Iran's nuclear program. Soltanieh became Iran's permanent representative...
U.S. Missile Nonproliferation Policy and India's Path to an ICBM Capability
The path to India's ICBM capability has spanned more than four decades and is largely based on space-launch vehicle technology obtained from foreign sources. The United States has taken measures over the last several decades to restrict missile proliferation,...
U.S., NK Meeting Could Aid Six-Party Talks
For several months, progress in talks aimed at a negotiated solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis has been held up by Pyongyang's complaints about U.S. pressure on North Korean financial transactions. But the two sides recently agreed to meet in...
U.S. Space Aid to India: On a "Glide Path" to ICBM Trouble?
In the weeks leading up to this month's presidential visit to India, the U.S. nonproliferation community has been preoccupied with one facet of President George W. Bush's push to bolster ties with New Delhi: his proposal for enhanced U.S.-Indian nuclear...
Warhead Initiative Looms Large in NNSA Plans
The Bush administration is asking lawmakers for more than $6 billion to support U.S. nuclear weapons activities in its fiscal year 2007 budget request. But administration officials are portraying the future of the U.S. nuclear stockpile as hinging on...