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. 29, No. 2, March

Arms Control Adrift? Prospects for 1999
Before its annual membership meeting and luncheon on March 26, the Arms Control Association (ACA) presented a panel discussion on the arms control issues facing the Clinton administration in 1999, including national missile defense and the ABM Treaty,...
CD Ends First '99 Session without Agreement on Work Program
THE 61-MEMBER UN Conference on Disarmament (CD) finished the first third of its 1999 negotiating session in Geneva on March 26 without beginning any negotiations. Despite a repeat of last year's consensus to work on a fissile material cutoff treaty,...
CFE Parties Outline Adapted Treaty; Limits to Allow NATO Growth
DESPITE MOSCOW'S anger at NATO air strikes in Yugoslavia, as well as continued opposition to NATO expansion, Russia joined the United States and the 28 other states-parties to the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty on March 30 in signing...
Maintaining the Proliferation Fight in the Former Soviet Union
With the end of the Cold War, the immediate threat of a nuclear holocaust between the United States and Russia has receded, but the threat of a nuclear disaster remains. Today, there is a real risk that former Soviet weapons of mass destruction (WMD),...
NATO Strikes against Yugoslavia Cloud U.S.-Russian Arms Control
DRAMATICALLY underscoring Russian anger at NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia, Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov turned his plane around over the Atlantic and canceled a March 23-25 visit with Vice President Al Gore in Washington to discuss a broad range...
Senate, House Approve Bills Calling for NMD Deployment
ON MARCH 17, following the addition of two amendments-one calling for continued nuclear force reductions with Russia-the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by Thad Cochran (R-MS) stating that it is U.S. policy to deploy an "effective"...
Seventeen-Year Locusts
The congressional clamor for a national missile defense (NMD) is painfully reminiscent of similar past campaigns that, like locusts, have emerged every 17 years to drown out reasoned discourse on U.S. security. Unless President Clinton stands by his...
THAAD Now 0 for 6; PAC-3 Test Successful
On March 29, the Army's Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system failed to intercept a ballistic missile target at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The most mature of the "upper-tier" theater missile defense (TMD) systems, THAAD...
The Arms Control Agenda after ACDA
On March 26, with only days remaining in his tenure as the last director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), John D. Holum delivered the keynote speech at the annual luncheon meeting of the Arms Control Association (ACA). Holum, who is...
UN Panel on Iraq Recommends 'Reinforced' Monitoring Regime
IN A MARCH 27 report to the UN Security Council, a UN panel formed to review the status of Iraqi disarmament concluded that inspections and monitoring remain necessary to prevent the reconstitution of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs. The...
U.S. Announces New Arms Sales to Middle East Worth Billions
IN MARCH the Pentagon announced more than 55 billion in arms deals, including advanced surface-to-air and air-to-air missile systems, with several Middle Eastern countries. Secretary of Defense William Cohen, on a March 4-12 trip to the region to bolster...
U.S., N. Korea Reach Agreement on Suspect Site Inspection
U.S. EFFORTS TO persuade North Korea to address continuing concerns about its nuclear- and missile-related activities met with limited success in March, with Pyongyang finally agreeing to allow U.S. inspections of an underground facility that U.S. officials...