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. 32, No. 3, April

A Good Deal That Must Be Honored
FOCUS The nuclear nonproliferation regime is, once again, at a critical juncture. Nuclear dangers in the Middle East, South Asia, and the Koreas, as well as the specter of nuclear terrorism, continue to threaten regional and international stability....
Assessing U.S. Proposals to Strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention
Some of the U.S. measures to address noncompliance with the BWC could be effective, but only if they are broadened and converted into legally binding multilateral arrangements. The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), which bans the development, production,...
Breaking the Deadlock on Space Arms Control
A cooperative effort that includes certain forms of missile defense while strengthening existing treaties could be the most sustainable means of moving forward with space arms control. The Bush administration's consideration of space weapons for both...
Bush Challenges North Korean Adherence to Nuclear Freeze
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE FIRST time since North Korea agreed to freeze its nuclear program in 1994, the White House indicated March 20 that it would not certify to Congress that Pyongyang is abiding by the terms of the deal, citing its resistance...
Bush Endorses Legally Binding Nuclear Arms Deal with Russia
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS IN THE ADMINISTRATION'S highest-- level statement of support to date for a legally binding pact on strategic reductions, President George W. Bush said March 13 that he expects to sign an agreement that will "codify" nuclear cuts...
Energy Department to Study Modifying Nuclear Weapons
THE ADMINISTRATION IS moving ahead with plans to study modifications to existing nuclear weapons that would enable them to more effectively threaten underground facilities, Energy Department officials said in March interviews and testimony to Congress....
Foster Panel Calls for Reducing Nuclear Test Preparation Time
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS A CONGRESSIONALLY ESTABLISHED panel presented its findings March 21, calling for the preparation time required before a U.S. nuclear test can be conducted to be substantially shortened. Current test readiness time, defined as the...
Interceptor Collides with Target, Fourth Hit for Missile Defense
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS THE PENTAGON SCORED its third straight intercept of a mock warhead moving through space March 15, raising the record of the ground-based midcourse missile defense system to four hits in six attempts. The latest test differed little...
Lugar Seeks to Expand Threat Reduction's Reach
SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR (R-IN) introduced legislation March 18 that would allow the Defense Department to pursue Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) projects outside the former Soviet Union. Under the terms of the legislation, the secretary of defense would...
Nuclear Posture Review Leaks; Outlines Targets, Contingencies
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS A LEAKED VERSION of the Bush administration's classified nuclear posture review lists seven countries against which the United States should be prepared to use nuclear weapons and outlines a broad range of circumstances under which...
Nuclear Terrorism and Warhead Control in Russia
The Bush administration's nuclear posture review exacerbates the threat of proliferation by encouraging Russia to maintain a large reserve of active warheads. Since September 11, there has been unprecedented concern that the next terrorist attack against...
Pentagon Outlines Missile Defense Plans to Congress
DURING CONGRESSIONAL hearings held in late February and early March, top Pentagon officials sketched out U.S. ballistic missile defense plans for the first time this year, receiving a warm welcome from Republican lawmakers but a cooler reception from...
Richard Butler's Fatal Choice
AMBASSADOR RICHARD BUTLER'S latest book, Fatal Choice: Nuclear Weapons and the Illusion of Missile Defense, is an easy-toread and, at times, impassioned argument for why the world should work toward eliminating nuclear weapons and why the five legally...
Sumit Ganguly's Conflict Unending
IN BOOKSTORES Author: Sumit Ganguly Title: Conflict Uending: India-Pakistan Tensions Since 1947 Publisher: Columbia University Press Date: 2002 Pages: 190 List Price: $18.50 AFTER LANGUISHING FOR a decade as the stepchild of post-- Cold War American...
UN Talks with Iraq Fail to Yield Progress on Weapons Inspections
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS MARKING HIS FIRST high-level discussions with Baghdad since May 2001, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Iraqi representatives March 7 in New York but was unable to persuade them to permit the return of international weapons...