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. 26, No. 10, January/February

Administration, Senate Opposition Draw Battle Lines over CWC
WITH LESS THAN three months remaining until formal entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Clinton administration's renewed push for Senate approval of the accord has encountered stiff opposition by top Republicans still seeking...
Crossing the 'Finnish' Line
The U.S.-Russian arms control agenda is in serious trouble. START II is under attack in the Russian Duma, the two governments have been unable to agree on the terms under which highly capable theater missile defense (TMD) systems may be deployed, and...
Interview: John D Holum-The Future of the Chemical Weapons Convention
The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), negotiated under Presidents Reagan and Bush, bans the production, acquisition, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. The treaty will enter into force on April 29,1997,180 days after the 65th state (Hungary) deposited...
NMD Debate in Congress Heats Up as Lott, Lugar Introduce New Bills
AS THE 105th session of Congress began in January, the debate about whether the United States should deploy a national missile defense (NMD) system intensified. On January 21, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and Assistant Senate Majority Leader...
Nuclear Deal with North Korea Back on Track after Sub Incident
IMPLEMENTATION of the 1994 U.S.North Korean agreed framework resumed in January following Pyongyang's December 29 expression of regret over the grounding of one of its reconnaissance submarines on the South Korean coast. On January 8, the "canning" of...
Panel Upholds NIE Assessment of Ballistic Missile Threat to U.S
ON JANUARY 23, the CIA released the unclassified version of the independent panel review of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) 95-19-the controversial assessment that concluded that no countries, other than the declared nuclear-weapon states, will...
Signatories to the Biological Weapons Convention
The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), which bans the development, production and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons, was negotiated from 1968 to 1971 and opened for signature on April 10, 1972. The convention entered into force with 43 parties...
The Arms Control Agenda at the UN: Breaking New Ground or Breaking Old Habits?
Every year the UN General Assembly adopts a host of resolutions on disarmament without really expecting that most of them will be acted on. Some, however, convey important signals. For many years, the General Assembly had overwhelmingly endorsed resolutions...
The Fourth BWC Review Conference: An Important Step Forward
The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), which was opened for signature nearly 25 years ago, is a key if often unappreciated element in international efforts to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The first arms control treaty to...
Ukraine Denies Allegations of Missile Sales
Ukraine denied December allegations that it agreed to sell $510 million worth of arms to Libya. Verification of the sale could jeopardize $225 million in U.S. foreign assistance to Ukraine this year pursuant to a provision in the fiscal year 1997 foreign...
UNSCOM Head Says Iraq Has Operational Missile Force
IRAQ HAS MANAGED to retain an operational force of ballistic missiles in violation of UN prohibitions against possessing such weapons with ranges above 150 kilometers, according to Rolf Ekeus, head of the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM). UNSCOM has long...
U.S. Favors CD Negotiations to Achieve Ban on Landmines
AFTER MONTHS of indecision, the Clinton administration announced January 17 that it will initially pursue negotiations for a comprehensive global ban on anti-personnel landmines at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva, instead of through the...
Wassenaar Members End Plenary; First Data Exchange Falls Short
DESPITE THEIR December 1996 deadline for enacting new export control guidelines for conventional arms and dualuse goods and technologies, members of the so-called Wassenaar Arrangement concluded their December 12-13 plenary meeting in Vienna with the...