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. 41, No. 5, June

Administration Gearing Up for CTBT Push
The Obama administration is preparing to kick off a public education campaign to generate support in the Senate for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher said May 10.Speaking...
Australian Cluster Bill Called Weak
Legislation in the Australian Senate to approve the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), the most comprehensive international treaty on cluster bombs, is drawing criticism from political leaders and nongovernmental organizations for falling short of...
Banking on an Outsider: Implications for Escalation Control in South Asia
The potential for confrontation between India and Pakistan continues to worry many around the world. The two nuclear powers are highly crisis prone; they have been embroiled in at least three major crises since they declared their nuclear weapons capabilities...
Common Ground on the BWC: An Interview with U.S. Special Representative Laura Kennedy
Laura Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, was named last December to serve also as U.S. special representative on issues relating to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). In that position, her principal focus is...
Enhancing Compliance with an Evolving Treaty: A Task for an Improved BWC Intersessional Process
Since 2003, the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) regime has featured annual meetings to address specific topics. These meetings, which comprise the treaty's so-called intersessional process, take place in the years in which review conferences do not....
G-8 Extends WMD Initiative
Leaders from the Group of Eight (G-8) major world economies agreed during a two-day annual summit in Deauville, France, to extend a 10-year effort aimed at reducing threats from nonconventional weapons.The eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy,...
Iran's First Power Reactor Goes Critical
After decades of setbacks, Iran's first nuclear power reactor started operations May 8, according to Atomstroyexport, the Russian state company responsible for the construction and initial operations of the reactor. In a May 10 statement, the firm said...
Nuclear Security Summit's Scope May Grow
The range of issues to be discussed at next year's nuclear security summit in Seoul may be broadened to cover radioactive sources, the lead South Korean official for summit preparations recently said.Some countries also are pressing for nuclear safety...
Obama Submits NWFZ Protocols to Senate
President Barack Obama on May 3 transmitted to the Senate the protocols to the Pelindaba and Rarotonga nuclear-weapon-free-zone (NWFZ) treaties, the regional pacts that ban testing, acquisition, and development of nuclear weapons in Africa and the South...
Oldthink on New Nuclear Reductions
After months of review and debate, a bipartisan Senate majority approved the resolution of ratification for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) on Dec. 22, 2010.The 71-26 vote is a step forward for U.S. security. Not only did the vote...
Pentagon to Revise Nuclear Guidance
Implementing a key recommendation from the April 2010 "Nuclear Posture Review [NPR] Report," the Obama administration announced in May that it has started the process of revising guidance issued by the Bush administration for nuclear weapons operations...
Sanctions Seen Slowing Iran Nuclear Work
International sanctions are limiting Iran's ability to acquire items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, a UN report evaluating sanctions against Iran said.The report, a copy of which was obtained by Arms Control Today, adds that "sanctions...
The 'Pursuit of a Win-Win Situation' at the Conference on Disarmament: Questions and Answers with Wang Qun
Wang Qun is Chinese ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary for disarmament affairs and permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament (CD), a position he has held since 2007. He was president of the CD from March 21 to May 29, 2011....
UK Takes Initial Steps to Replace Trident
The United Kingdom has approved the preliminary investment in its next generation of Trident nuclear submarines and selected a design for the submarines, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox told the House of Commons last month.This "initial gate" investment...
Uncovering Nuclear Deception
Uncovering Nuclear Deception The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times By Mohamed ElBaradei Metropolitan Books, 2011, 352 pp.Mohamed ElBaradei has made headlines recently, campaigning in Egypt to steer his homeland's transformation...