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. 42, No. 1, January/February

Accord Reached on CWC's 2012 Deadline
Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) voted overwhelmingly on Dec. 1 to approve a document that reaffirms the importance of the treaty's April 2012 deadline for destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles but does not say countries that failed...
Australia Allows Uranium Sales to India
The Australian Labor Party on Dec. 4 endorsed a proposal by its leader, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to end a ban on uranium sales to India. The 206-185 vote to lift the long-standing ban came at a party conference in Sydney.For decades, India could...
British Nuclear Investment Sparks Debate
The announcement by the British Ministry of Defence that it plans to spend 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) on new facilities at the Aldermaston nuclear weapons complex has prompted a strong reaction from members of Parliament who argue that the funding...
BWC Meeting Makes Incremental Changes
The 2011 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conference ended Dec. 22 with participants generally saying they were satisfied with the consensus agreement on a final document but with many expressing some disappointment that the conference failed...
Congress Sanctions Iran Central Bank
President Barack Obama on Dec. 31 signed into law legislation to impose sanctions on firms doing business with the Central Bank of Iran, a move intended to make it more difficult for Tehran to sell oil abroad.Congress adopted the legislation in spite...
Congress Wants Options on Nuclear Subs
In the latest sign of political problems for the planned replacement of the United States' nuclear-armed submarines, Congress has required the Navy and U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) to prepare a report on options for replacing the fleet.The directive...
How to Reach Consensus on an Arms Trade Treaty
Since 2006, government representatives to the United Nations have been engaged in progressively wider and deeper discussions toward the negotiation of a treaty to regulate the trade in conventional arms. In 2009 the UN General Assembly decided to convene...
India Extending Missile Reach
India is preparing to test a missile with a range of 5,000 kilometers early this year and possibly develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the future, Indian defense officials have indicated in recent weeks.India conducted its first successful...
Indonesia Ratifies Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
The Indonesian House of Representatives approved the ratification of the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) on Dec. 6, decreasing the number of states that must ratify the pact before its entry into force from nine to eight.Indonesia signed the...
Lawmakers Raise North Korea ICBM Fears
Five Republican members of Congress raised concerns in November that North Korea is developing a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a capability that might allow it to protect its long-range missiles from being destroyed before they...
Modernizing the Triad on a Tight Budget
In November 2010, as the Senate neared the end of its debate on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), the Obama administration submitted to Congress an update to its "1251 report," outlining how it planned to maintain and modernize U.S....
Next Moves on North Korea
North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il may be gone, but the dangers posed by Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs persist. Although the long-term future of the regime under the new young ruler, Kim Jong Un, remains uncertain, it is clearly in the United...
Pakistan's Conditions for an FMCT
Zamir Akram's comments in his interview with Arms Control Today ("The South Asian Nuclear Balance: An Interview With Pakistani Ambassador to the CD Zamir Akram," December 2011) signal a potentially important shift in Pakistan's position on allowing negotiations...
Showcase of Missile Proliferation: Iran's Missile and Space Program
A comprehensive review of missile proliferation published in 1988 listed 20 nonindustrialized nations that were deploying various types of ballistic missiles at the time. Tucked toward the bottom of that list was one Middle Eastern country with just...
U.S.-Russia Missile Defense Talks Deadlock
A year-long U.S.-Russian effort to find ways to cooperate on European missile defense ground to a halt in November and December, just months before the NATO summit in Chicago this May and in the midst of presidential election seasons in both countries.Moscow...