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. 36, No. 9, November

A Technical Analysis: Deconstructing North Korea's October 9 Nuclear Test
On October 9, North Korea announced that it had carried out an underground nuclear test In subsequent days, the apparent low yield of the device and initial lack of reports of detection of radioactivity from the test raised questions about whether North...
Bioweapons Treaty Progress Predicted
News ANALYSISRepresentatives from 155 states meeting in Geneva Nov. 20-Dec. 8 to review and advance the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) are expressing cautious optimism that the once-every-five-years gathering will prove more successful than...
Congress Approves Iran, NK Measures
Lawmakers in late September approved measures granting the executive branch new authority to punish North Korea and Iran for their missile and nuclear programs. But Congress also endorsed measures that would require intelligence agencies to provide a...
Editor's NOTE
North Korea's October 9 nuclear test marked a setback for stability in Northeast Asia and for the global non-proliferation regime. This month's issue provides special, comprehensive coverage of this event and its aftermath.Robert L. Gallucci and Michael...
Iran Ignores Deadline; Security Council Split
Following a late and inconclusive round of diplomacy between officials from the European Union and their Iranian counterparts, new efforts to try to restrain Iran's nuclear program are underway in the UN Security Council.The Security Council's five permanent...
Landmine Clearance Deadlines Looming
One hundred adherents to a treaty banning anti-personnel landmines (APLs) recently met in Geneva and urged that the accord's first mine clearance deadlines in 2009 be met. But attendees also adopted a process for countries to request more time if necessary.The...
LOOKING BACK: The Destructive Legacy of Plutonium Reprocessing
On February 27, 1986, the Department of Energy released a six-foot-high stack of documents, 19,000 pages in all, concerning the Hanford plutonium plant in south-central Washington State. Most of the documents had been classified as secret or otherwise...
Missile Control Regime Focuses on Iran, NK
A group of countries devoted to stemming the spread of missiles vowed recently to intensify efforts to deny Iran and North Korea exports that could aid their missile programs. China's alleged failure to curtail such exports to Iran is a key factor frustrating...
North Korea Interdiction Option Limited
Reacting to North Korea's first nuclear test, the UN Security Council Oct. 14 insisted that all countries prevent Pyongyang from trafficking in unconventional arms, major conventional weapons, and luxury goods. But the council did not give world capitals...
North Korean Test Provokes Widespread Condemnation
North Korea conducted an explosive test of a nuclear device Oct. 9, provoking widespread international condemnation. Five days later, the UN Security Council approved a resolution imposing additional sanctions on North Korea.Although the test, Pyongyang's...
Nuclear Shockwaves: Making the Best of Bad Options
North Korea's October 9 nuclear test has been called a failure of U.S., South Korean, and Chinese policy, and those criticisms are undoubtedly accurate to some degree. Lost in the finger pointing, however, is the strong evidence that Kim Jong Il intended...
Nuclear Shockwaves: Ramifications of the North Korean Nuclear Test
North Korea's nuclear test almost certainly failed to achieve its design yield. Nevertheless, it is likely to spread major shockwaves, domestically and internationally. Domestically, the finger pointing has begun, inevitably if regrettably, as a threat...
Nuclear Suppliers Updated on U.S.-Indian Deal
Indian officials recently met for the first time with representatives of nuclear supplier states to sell them on a controversial U.S.-Indian deal to expand global civilian nuclear commerce with India. But New Delhi failed to address all the concerns...
Number Nine
North Korea's October 9 nuclear test explosion could cause irreparable damage to an already beleaguered global nonproliferation system. Unless the world's ninth active nuclear weapons program is verifiably halted and reversed through more effective diplomacy,...
Russia, Iran Sign Deal to Fuel Bushehr Reactor
Iran and Russia have concluded a revised schedule for Russia to fuel a light-water nuclear power reactor that a Russian contractor is constructing near the Iranian city of Bushehr.According to Sergey Shmatko, head of the Russian contractor for the project,...
Russia Looks to Tighten U.S. Nuclear Ties
Russian officials are eager to work with the United States both to increase their share of the U.S. civil nuclear maret and promote the worldwide growth of nuclear power. But to do so, they will first need to address nonproliferation and economic concerns...
Signed Defense Bills Rebuff Pentagon Plans
President George W. Bush recently signed into law two pieces of defense legislation that dramatically curb his administration's plans to reconfigure the nation's nuclear forces.The fiscal year 2007 defense authorization law, which sets broad policy goals...
The Clock's Ticking: Stopping Iran before It's Too Late
Time is running out on Iran. Decisions are being made in Washington and Tehran that could put the two countries on a collision course in the new year. The dominant leadership faction in Iran seems determined to continue a steady march to nuclear capabilities...
The Growing Nuclear Fuel-Cycle Debate
News ANALYSISA series of nuclear-related crises and a growing interest by several countries in nuclear energy production has revived interest in ways to prevent the spread of nuclear technologies that can be easily misused for the production of nuclear...
U.S. Nixes Arms Control in New Space Policy
The Bush administration recently released a new space policy that eschews future binding measures to regulate space activities in favor of keeping open all U.S. options, including space-based anti-missile systems, to promote and protect U.S. security...
U.S., Pakistan Seal Combat Aircraft Deal
Pakistan's air force will receive a major makeover courtesy of the United States. Under two recently finalized agreements and a pending deal, Washington will upgrade Islamabad's fleet of existing U.S. combat aircraft and deliver up to 62 new and used...