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. 5, June

BOOK REVIEW: Facing the Reality of the Bomb
BOOK REVIEW: Facing the Reality of the Bomb Better Safe Than Sorry: The Ironies of Living with the Bomb By Michael Krepon Stanford University Press, 2009, 270 pp.President Barack Obama's enlightened Statement April 5 in Prague on the future of nuclear...
CD Breaks Deadlock on Work Plan
The Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament (CD) agreed on a program of work May 29, ending 12 years of deadlock. The 65-member conference, which operates by consensus, agreed to negotiate a verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile material...
Congress Weighs Iran Sanctions, Diplomacy
Congressional committee leaders are prepared to delay consideration of new legislation intended to stiffen existing sanctions aimed at Iran's energy sector in order to allow time for the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iranian...
Editor's NOTE
In some areas of nuclear weapons policy, the Obama administration has made significant changes and is beginning to see results. In other areas, the administration has sketched out policies but has not yet implemented them. In still other areas, the policies...
Enhanced Prospects for 2010: An Analysis of the Third PrepCom and the Outlook for the 2010 NPT Review Conference
The just-concluded third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting for the 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference has been heralded as a much-needed success story, with much of the credit given to the Obama administration's more positive...
IN MEMORIAM: Herbert York (1921-2009)
Herbert York, who began his career as a Manhattan Project nuclear physicist and later became a champion of arms control, died May 19. He was 87.Recruited for the Manhattan Project before he was 21, York's career in weapons research and technology advanced...
Lots of Hedging, Little Leading: An Analysis of the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission Report
Among the flood of security policy reports issued in recent months, one of the most anticipated has been the one from the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States.1 The panel, which Congress established last year, is a bipartisan,...
N. Korean Nuclear Test Prompts Global Rebuke
North Korea conducted its second nuclear test May 25, prompting international condemnation for violating UN demands and raising tensions in the region. The test comes a month after North Korea declared that it would no longer participate in multilateral...
Nonproliferation Budget Sees Some Hikes
The Obama administration is asking Congress for significant funding increases in programs designed to secure nuclear material in Russia and detect radioactive material passing through the world's busiest ports, according to budget documents released...
Obama Budget Seeks Rise in Tritium Capacity
The Obama administration's fiscal year 2010 budget request includes funds to increase production capacity for tritium, a radioactive gas used to boost the explosive power of U.S. nuclear weapons, even as the U.S. government is taking steps to scale back...
Obama Shifts U.S. Stance on CTBTO Funding
The Obama administration's fiscal year 2010 budget request for the Department of State includes $26 million for the U.S. contribution to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the first request to meet or exceed the CTBTO's assessed...
Pakistani Nuclear Stocks Safe, Officials Say
Pakistani and U.S. officials have sought to allay increasing concerns in recent months that instability in Pakistan might threaten the security of Islamabad's nuclear weapons. Pakistani security forces have been engaged in open conflict with militant...
Progress Seen in Iranian Missile Test
Iran carried out its first successful flight test of a twostage solid-fuel ballistic missile May 20, demonstrating increasing sophistication with its medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs), U.S. officials and technical experts said.Iranian Defense Minister...
Testing the World's Patience
North Korea's second - and the world's 2,052nd - nuclear weapons test explosion represents yet another low in the long-running multilateral diplomatic effort to freeze and verifiably dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities. Pyongyang's test blast...
Toward a Legally Binding Arms Trade Treaty: An Interview with British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Bill Rammell
Bill Rammell serves as minister of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs in the United Kingdom. His responsibilities encompass the Middle East, including Iraq and Iran; counterterrorism; counterproliferation; the Far East and Southeast Asia; North...
U.S., Russia Continue Talks on START
U.S. and Russian delegations met in Moscow May 18-20 for the first full-fledged negotiations on a successor to START and said the talks went well.A spokesman for the U.S. Department of State called the talks in Moscow "positive" but declined to provide...
U.S., UAE Sign New Nuclear Cooperation Pact
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States signed a new version of their nuclear cooperation agreement May 21, signaling President Barack Obama's support for a pact that boosters have portrayed as a model for the development of nuclear energy...