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. 36, No. 3, April

A Long Wait for an Indian ICBM
When discussing India's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities ("U.S. Space Aid to India: On a Glide Path to ICBM Trouble?" Arms Control Today, March 2006), it should be noted that, in the near term, bureaucratic and technological obstacles...
Another Chance for the Fissile Production Ban
Cutting off production of fissile material-plutonium or highly enriched uranium-has been on the international nonproliferation and arms control agenda for decades. But since the late 1990s, the concept has been relegated to the diplomatic shadows as...
Back to Basics: Steering Constructive Evolution of the BWC
When the Sixth Review Conference of States-Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) meets later this year, it will mark the first full review of this 155-member treaty since 1991. The previous two gatherings of this once-every-five-years event...
Bush, Singh Advance Nuclear Deal
U.S. and Indian negotiators haggled up to the last minute but successfully completed a controversial plan March 2 dividing India's nuclear complex into civilian and military sectors. Their success capped the first visit of President George W. Bush to...
Congress, NSG Question U.S.-Indian Deal
After surprising the world and Congress last summer with its proposal to expand global civil nuclear trade with India, the Bush administration is now asking lawmakers and other governments to help make it happen. Although some quickly expressed their...
Editor's NOTE
When the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed in 1968, five states-China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States-had already tested nuclear weapons. The treaty obligated these five states to take steps toward...
End of a Nuclear Weapons Era: Can Britain Make History?
The United Kingdom has begun to debate whether to replace the current Trident nuclear weapons system, which will cease to be operational in the early 2020s, or to become the first acknowledged nuclear-weapon state to comply fully with Article VI of the...
Europeans Seek to Strengthen BWC
European states have recently approved a plan to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). But in doing so they made clear that they favor incremental improvements, conscious that they must work around U.S resistance to multilateral efforts.The...
France, Libya Agree to Nuclear Cooperation
France and Libya March 15 signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement, the first of its kind for Tripoli since its 2003 pledge to comprehensively dismantle its nuclear and chemical weapons programs.France's commitment to assist Libya's civil nuclear...
If It Ain't Broke: The Already Reliable U.S. Nuclear Arsenal
The Bush administration through the Department of Energy has proposed developing a new family of nuclear warheads to replace the aging weapons in the current U.S. nuclear stockpile. The Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program is intended to improve...
Iran's Nuclear Efforts, Capabilities Still Murky
Even as the UN Security Council has begun considering potential responses to Iran's controversial nuclear program, Tehran's nuclear capabilities and intentions remain shrouded in ambiguity.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is not "in a position...
Japan Embracing Missile Defense
Several years of U.S.-Japanese cooperation on anti-missile systems bore fruit in a successful experiment March 8. The test marked an important milestone in the two countries' collaboration as Japan expands its missile defense activities and has emerged...
LOOKING BACK: Lessons from the Denuclearization of Brazil and Argentina
Later this year, the world will celebrate an arms control milestone: December 2006 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Quadripartite Agreement, which finalized the arrangements for effective inspections of the nuclear programs of Brazil and Argentina....
Missile Threat: Does It Add Up?
By March, the annual process of federal government officials marching up to Congress to justify their budget requests is in full swing. Missile defense officials took their turn in early March but did so in a way that raised questions about the data...
North Korea, U.S. Talks Inch Forward
Although another session of multilateral talks regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program has yet to be scheduled after more than four months, North Korea and the United States appear to have made incremental progress toward convening another such...
Three Years Later, Iraq Investigations Continue
More than three years after the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, several issues concerning Iraq's illicit weapons programs remain unresolved. The congressional intelligence committees continue to review different aspects of U.S. pre-war intelligence...
UN Security Council Presidential Statement on Iran
The United Nations Security Council March 29 approved the following statement on Iran's nuclear program:The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and recalls the right of states party, in...
UN Urges Iran to Halt Enrichment
After several weeks of contentious debate, the UN Security Council March 29 adopted a presidential statement calling on Iran to resolve the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) concerns about its nuclear program and to resuspend its uranium-enrichment...
U.S. Missile Defense Capability a Mystery
Is the fledgling ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) system deployed nearly 18 months ago by the Pentagon capable of destroying an incoming long-range ballistic missile? In March, lawmakers discovered that the answer depends on who you ask.Pentagon...
U.S. Shifts Policy on Iran
In addition to pushing for increased multilateral efforts to contain Iran's nuclear program, the United States has taken several unilateral and bilateral measures recently to adjust its relationship with Tehran.The measures include stepped-up efforts...