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. 1, January/February

Adapting to the Times: The Evolution of U.S. Threat Reduction Programs
U.S. threat reduction efforts, which originated in response to the collapse of the Soviet Union, have aimed to prevent the spread of Soviet-era weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their associated material and know-how through a variety of efforts,...
After New START, What Next?
After just two years in office, the administration of President Barack Obama has put the United States back in the role of global nuclear risk-reduction leader. In April 2009, Obama recommitted the United States to the goal of a "world without nuclear...
At Mine Ban Meeting, U.S. Still Mum on Policy
For the second year in a row, the United States sent an official delegation to the annual Mine Ban Treaty states-parties meeting but has not indicated whether it will join the accord.The conference, which took place in Geneva Nov. 29-Dec. 3, focused...
Belarus Agrees to Give Up HEU Stockpile
Belarus has committed to give up its stockpile of highly enriched uranium (HEU) by 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov said Dec. 1 in a joint statement.Clinton and Martynov made the announcement...
Cluster Negotiations Again Extended
Although again unable to reach agreement on a new protocol addressing cluster munitions in 2010, statesparties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), meeting last November in Geneva, committed to continue the mandate to do so while...
CWC Members Debate Inspection Distribution
A debate over the 2011 budget for implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) was a key part of the annual members' conference, but the distribution of inspections, rather than the amount of money, was the key issue, delegates to the Nov. 29-Dec....
Export Reform Implementation Steps Detailed
The Obama administration in December released draft regulations to implement portions of its ongoing export control reform overhaul, providing key details for the approach it announced earlier in the year.The newly proposed regulations flesh out the...
GAO: Nuclear Security Agenda Needs Details
The Obama administration's nuclear security agenda is short on details concerning its "overall estimated cost, time frame, and scope of planned work," the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released Dec. 15. In the report, consisting...
IAEA Board Approves Fuel Bank Plan
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors agreed Dec. 3 to establish a nuclear fuel bank, endorsing the plan without a dissenting vote from any of the 35 members.In the vote, which came on the second day of the board's two-day...
Issues Develop as BWC Review Approaches
Issues such as the search for ways to increase confidence in compliance and efforts to spur international cooperation on peaceful uses of biological agents are likely to feature prominently at the upcoming review conference for the Biological Weapons...
Is Washington Prepared to Lead at the BWC Review Conference?
Roughly every five years since the entry into force in 1975 of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), the member states have gathered in Geneva to review the implementation of the treaty, which bans the development, production, stockpiling, and transfer...
Major Powers to Hold More Talks with Iran
At a Dec. 6-7 meeting in Geneva on Iran's nuclear program, six world powers and Iran agreed to hold further talks in Istanbul in late January.The Geneva talks were the first such discussions over Iran's nuclear program in more than a year between the...
New START Milestones
April 1, 2009: President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meet in London. The two leaders agree to pursue negotiations on a new treaty to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).April 5, 2009: Obama gives a speech in Prague...
Senate Approves New START
Capping an eight-month-long process and eight days of often intense Ûooi debate, the U.S. Senate voted 71-26 on Dec. 22 to provide its advice and consent to ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). All 56 Democratic senators,...
The Road Ahead for Export Controls: Challenges for the Nuclear Suppliers Group
The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has a vital role to play in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Each of its 46 members applies common guidelines to control exports of nuclear materials, equipment, and technology; the guidelines also cover items...
Universal Transparency: A Goal for the U.S. at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit
Global quantitative transparency of nuclear arsenals and fissile materials (universal transparency)1 is an indispensable complement to arms reduction treaties. It is a necessary element in creating a path to disarmament that can be traveled by all nuclear-weapon...
U.S., Allies Prod China on North Korea
The United States and its East Asian allies called on China to place additional pressure on North Korea in December following a series of provocative actions by Pyongyang that they say violated international laws and regional security arrangements.U.S....
U.S.-Russian Civil Nuclear Pact Clears Hurdle
The congressional review period for a U.S.-Russian agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation ended Dec. 9, opening the door for the agreement's entry into force.Under the U.S. Atomic Energy Act, cooperation agreements such as the U.S.-Russian one do...