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. 40, No. 4, May

A Flawed and Dangerous U.S. Missile Defense Plan
On September 17, 2009, the Obama administration announced that it would shelve the Bush administration's European missile defense system and replace it with an new missile defense architecture. This decision to stop the deployment of 10 interceptors...
A New Nuclear Posture
A year after President Barack Obama set very high expectations with an April 2009 speech in Prague outlining his vision of a world without nuclear weapons, his administration has released its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which goes some distance toward...
Bill on Iran Gasoline Sanctions Nears Approval
Congress began the final steps in April to prepare new U.S. legislation sanctioning foreign companies that provide gasoline to Iran.The House of Representatives appointed conferees April 22 to a committee that must reconcile the versions of the legislation...
EU Calls for NPT Action Plan
The European Union is promoting the adoption of an "ambitious action plan" by members of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) at this month's review conference to strengthen efforts to reduce nuclear weapons and prevent their spread.In the March...
Gates Outlines Export Control Overhaul
The Obama administration is shifting U.S. policy on export controls by focusing its efforts on "crown jewel" technology and items, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said last month.The plan, announced April 20 in a speech to a Business Executives for...
India, U.S. Agree on Terms for Reprocessing
India and the United States in late March concluded negotiations on an agreement for the reprocessing of U. S. -origin spent nuclear fuel, removing one of the key remaining barriers to nuclear trade between the two countries.The two countries issued...
Iran to Mass-Produce Improved Centrifuges
Iranian officials announced last month that Iran would begin mass-producing a second-generation centrifuge in the coming months, a step that could lead to an increase in the rate at which Iran enriches uranium.Centrifuges spin at high speeds to increase...
Israel Charges Syria-Hezbollah Scud Transfer
Israeli officials in April accused Syria of transferring shortrange ballistic missiles to Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based militia group the United States classifies as a terrorist organization. Such a transfer would provide Hezbollah with its first ballistic...
Lab Chiefs Question JASON Study Summary
The unclassified summary of a major study on technical efforts to maintain the U.S. nuclear stockpile does not present a fully accurate picture of the challenges that the stockpile faces, directors of U.S. national nuclear weapons laboratories said in...
LOOKING BACK: Prague One Year Later: From Words to Deeds?
In his April 2009 speech in Prague, President Barack Obama used soaring rhetoric to express a vision of a transformed international security context. The speech personally engaged Obama in the effort to realize the goal of total nuclear disarmament:...
NATO Chief's Remark Highlights Policy Rift
A comment by NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the importance of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe has put a spotlight on disagreements among member states on the alliance's nuclear posture.On the first day of an informal April 22-23 meeting...
New START: Good News for U.S. Security
On April 8 in Prague, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a new strategic offensive arms agreement to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), which expired in December 2009.1If the Senate and the Russian...
New START Signed; Senate Battle Looms
Setting the stage for what could be a major showdown with Senate Republicans, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) April 8 in Prague. The signing of the treaty "demonstrates...
Obama's NPR: Transitional, Not Transformational
On April 5, 2009, in Prague, President Barack Obama embraced the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. In pursuit of that objective, he called for "an end to Cold War thinking" and pledged to "reduce the role of nuclear weapons in [U.S.] national...
Probe of Ship Sinking Halts Outreach to N. Korea
Months-long efforts to convince North Korea to return to multilateral disarmament talks have been stalled over the past month by suspicions Pyongyang may have been behind the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel in March.An explosion sank the South...
Russia, U.S. Sign Plutonium Disposition Pact
Russia and the United States last month signed an agreement clearing the way for Russia to turn dozens of tons of weapons-grade plutonium into reactor fuel.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed the...
Strengthen the Nonproliferation Bargain
Once again the nuclear nonproliferation system is facing a crisis of confidence. New measures to update and strengthen the 1968 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) are needed. The May 2010 treaty review conference provides an important opportunity...
U.S. Nuclear Review Shifts Threat Focus
Flagging nuclear terrorism and proliferation as the top U.S. national security priorities for the first time, the White House released its long-awaited Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) April 6. The congressionally mandated report provides a comprehensive...
World Leaders Vow to Boost Nuclear Security
Four dozen world leaders meeting in Washington last month agreed on general principles and individual steps for improving the security of nuclear materials around the world and for preventing nuclear terrorism.Speaking to reporters at a news conference...