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. 31, No. 2, March

Bush Administration Stresses Commitment to Missile Defense
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS DURING THEIR FIRST weeks in office, President George W. Bush and his top national security officials emphasized repeatedly their commitment to building ballistic missile defenses, though they offered no schedule or details on what...
Bush Orders Strategic Policy Review
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS President George W. Bush has issued a directive to the Pentagon to initiate a review of U.S. strategic policy, according to administration officials. The classified directive, dated February 15, calls for an assessment of the proper...
Clinton Administration Approves 'HEU Deal' Contract with Russia
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS IN ITS FINAL week in the White House, the Clinton administration approved an amended contract to implement the U.S.-Russian Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) Purchase Agreement. If approved by the Bush administration and the Russian...
Clinton Allows Helicopter-Parts Transfer to India
On January 19, President Bill Clinton authorized a one-time waiver of sanctions to permit New Delhi a limited number of spare parts for some of its Sea King naval helicopters. U.S. government officials stressed that the waiver only applied to specific...
Clinton Revises Computer Export Control Regulations
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS ON JANUARY 10, the outgoing Clinton administration loosened U.S. export controls on high-performance computers (HPCs) for the sixth time since 1993, emphasizing that the restrictions have become obsolete given rapid advancements...
Clinton Urges Bush to Sign Ottawa Convention
On his last full day as commander-in-chief, President Bill Clinton urged the incoming Bush administration to "take the steps necessary" to enable the United States to eventually join the Ottawa Convention, which bans anti-personnel landmines (APLs)....
Commission Warns U.S. Space Assets Vulnerable
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS TASKED WITH REVIEWING the organization and management of U.S. national security-related space activities, a congressionally mandated commission issued a report January 11 faulting the government for neglecting U.S. space capabilities....
Conference on Disarmament Starts 2001 Session in Stalemate
A LITTLE MORE than three weeks into its 2001 negotiating session, the UN Conference on Disarmament (CD) appeared destined to repeat its last two years of deadlock, as China, backed by Russia, and the United States reaffirmed conflicting positions on...
D.P.R.K. Threatens to End Missile Moratorium, Nuclear Cooperation
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS PYONGYANG THREATENED ON February 22 to abandon its missile testing moratorium and its participation in the Agreed Framework if the Bush administration followed a "different" North Korea policy from that of the Clinton administration....
Even the Last Superpower Needs Friends
FOCUS Secretary of State Colin Powell's decision to re-examine sanctions policy against Iraq suggests that the Bush administration may be moving beyond campaign posturing to real-world problem solving. In reviewing its foreign policy options, the administration...
F-22 Raptor Sale to Israel Supported by Clinton
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS In an open letter to the Israeli people sent January 19, departing President Bill Clinton wrote he would support the future sale of the F-22 Raptor combat aircraft to Israel, pledging that he would recommend that Israel be "among...
Independent Panel Urges Increased Threat Reduction Efforts in Russia
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS AN INDEPENDENT PANEL commissioned by the Energy Department has called for a massive expansion of U.S. threat reduction efforts in Russia, identifying the proliferation danger posed by that country's poorly secured weapons of mass...
NMD Gaining Ground in Europe; Russia Pushes Alternative
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS EUROPEAN OPPOSITION TO U.S. national missile defense (NMD) plans appears to have been somewhat blunted by the Bush administration's repeated pronouncements that it will deploy an NMD system and will fully consult U.S. allies, Russia,...
Pledging 'No First Strike': A Step toward Real WMD Cooperation
A U.S.. pledge of "no first strike' is a necessary first step in establishing a new nuclear offense-defense balance that maintains deterrence while motivating WMD cooperation. the strategic arms control process that for decades has regulated nuclear...
Russia Holds Second GCS Conference
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS Continuing to build upon a concept it proposed in June 1999, on February 15 Moscow hosted the second conference on its Global Control System (GCS) initiative to combat missile proliferation. Governments from over 70 countries sent...
Russian Arms and Technology Transfers to Iran: Policy Challenges for the United States
Iran has come to see Russia as a partner in its efforts to break out of its international isolation and as a reliable source of arms and advanced technology for its armed forces. In the past decade, Russia has become Iran's main source of advanced conventional...
S. Korea, U.S. Agree on Missile Guidelines, MTCR Membership
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS AFTER FIVE YEARS of consultations with the United States, South Korea announced on January 17 that it would develop new guidelines extending the permitted range of its missiles to 300 kilometers, increasing its military capabilities...
The Need for Strategic Reassurance in the 21st Century
Strategic reassurance may be a prerequisite to proceeding with a decision to deploy a limited national missile defense without incurring unacceptable political and strategic costs. The end of the Cold War eliminated the intense competition between two...
U.S., U.K. Issue Statement on Export Controls
Washington and London issued a joint statement on defense export controls January 17, marking progress in negotiations on revising British export controls to better mirror U.S. controls. In return for the revisions, the United States is expected to exempt...
Work on Clinton Missile Defense System Scheduled to Continue
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS WHILE THE NEW Bush administration mulls its missile defense options, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has approved continued work on the Clinton administration's limited national missile defense (NMD) system. The Pentagon is...