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. 39, No. 8, October

All Together Now
Global problems require global solutions, along with effective leadership and cooperation. For years, as leading players have failed to agree on how to bolster the beleaguered nonproliferation system, the threats posed by nuclear weapons have become...
Clinton Makes Case for CTBT at Conference
A global nuclear test ban would increase U.S. security because "as long as we are confronted with the prospect of nuclear testing by others, we will face the potential threat of newer, more powerful, and more sophisticated weapons that could cause damage...
Conventional Arming and Disarming
* According to the U.S. Department of State Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, more than 30,000 MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems) have been destroyed since 2003 as part of an international program that involved 30 countries. A July press...
Editor's NOTE
Many aspects of President Barack Obama's arms control and foreign policy agenda have been analyzed at great length; two of our articles this month focus on areas that have received less attention.Catherine M. Kelleher and Scott L. Warren address the...
Getting to Zero Starts Here: Tactical Nuclear Weapons
A critical debate on nuclear weapons is once again in the limelight. President Barack Obama has unequivocally, ambitiously, and repeatedly stated his ultimate vision of a world without nuclear weapons. Under the Obama policy, zero nuclear weapons is,...
IAEA's Syria Probe Remains Stalled
Syria continues to refuse full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) investigation into allegations that it pursued a secret nuclear weapons program, according to an Aug. 28 IAEA report. Syria has not given the agency access...
Indian Scientist Triggers Debate on Testing
A leading Indian nuclear scientist has said the yield from India's 1998 test of a thermonuclear device was less than expected and that the country should not close off the option of further tests.The comments, reported Aug. 27 by The Times of India,...
IN MEMORIAM: Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)
With the recent passing of Edward Moore Kennedy, the arms control community has lost its longest-serving and most stalwart champion in the U.S. Senate. Although he sponsored and supported numerous arms control efforts, including the nuclear freeze resolution,...
LOOKING BACK: Learning from the 1999 Vote on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
When President Bill Clinton described the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) as "the longest-sought, hardest fought prize in arms control history," he was not exaggerating. In the face of international outrage over their rapid-fire pace of Cold War...
Making a Mark in Space: An Analysis of Obama's Options for a New U.S. Space Policy
The change of U.S. administrations creates the opportunity for a broad assessment of the country's space policy, starting with some basic questions.What should the goal of national space policies be? Are they trying to ensure freedom of action for certain...
North Korea, U.S. Seen Preparing for Talks
The United States is ready to hold direct talks with North Korea on denuclearization, potentially paving the way for the Obama administration's first formal discussions with Pyongyang, U.S. officials said in September.Department of State spokesman Philip...
Nuclear Arms Resolution Passed at UN Summit
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a U.S.sponsored resolution seeking "to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons" Sept. 24, endorsing many of measures laid out in President Barack Obama's April 5 speech in Prague. (See ACT,...
Obama Shifts Gears on Missile Defense
The Obama administration announced Sept. 17 that it will not develop a planned missile interceptor field in Poland and radar facility in the Czech Republic, as envisioned by the Bush administration. Instead, the United States will implement a new missile...
Russia Defends Struggling Missile Program
Russian leaders remain committed to the Bulava RSM-56 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) despite a number of high-profile test failures, a top military official said Aug. 26."We still believe the Bulava will fly," Chief of the Russian General...
Secret Iranian Enrichment Facility Revealed
Iran has been constructing a second uranium-enrichment facility in secret, the leaders of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States announced during a Sept. 25 press briefing. In a statement delivered on behalf of the three countries and Germany,...
Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
Treaty UpdateRussian and U.S. negotiators last month opened their latest round of talks aimed at concluding a successor to START, The Geneva discussions appeared likely to continue until Oct. 2, U.S. sources told the Associated Press.In New York, President...
Talks on Fuel Bank Stalled at IAEA
Plans to establish an international nuclear fuel bank, a key part of nonproliferation programs put forward by several world leaders, have failed to receive the support they need to start being put in place.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)...
U.S. Expands Lead in Shrinking Arms Market
In the midst of a global recession that reduced the global demand for weapons, the United States managed to expand its share of worldwide arms agreements significantly in 2008, according to a September report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS)....