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. 37, No. 4, May

BOOK REVIEW: Nuclear Minimalism
BOOK REVIEW: Nuclear Minimalism The Minimum Means of Reprisal: China's Search for security in the Nuclear Age By Jeffrey G. Lewis MIT Press, March 2007, 200 pp.China has always been something of a footnote for the U.S. expert community interested in...
Editor's NOTE
Amid rising concerns over global warming and energy security, interest in nuclear power has grown. Promoters of a "nuclear renaissance" argue that, by constructing more nuclear power plants, there will be less carbon in the atmosphere and less dependence...
Equal Opportunity: Historical Challenges and Future Prospects of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Since the beginning of the nuclear age, the international community has attempted to provide an institutional framework for peaceful nuclear activities, most notably power generation, in order to minimize the risk that acquired nuclear knowledge, technology,...
Faux Renaissance: Global Warming, Radioactive Waste Disposal, and the Nuclear Future
Over the past 20 years, there has been little or no net growth in installed nuclear capacity in much of the world with the exception of Asia, where there has been some limited new nuclear construction. Many energy analysts now expect, however, a dramatic...
Indian Demands Slow U.S.-Indian Nuclear Deal
As the Bush administration's drive to revise U.S. and international nuclear trade rules for India has sputtered, U.S. officials have been expressing public exasperation with New Delhi's negotiating demands and perceived foot-dragging.At the Department...
Iran Advances Nuclear Program, Defies UN
Iran has continued to make further progress on its nuclear programs in defiance of UN security Council demands. Evidence of this progress has emerged even as a May 23 deadline looms for Tehran to comply with a March security Council resolution.Iranian...
Letter TO THE EDITOR
Broader Space Arms Control Is NeededAs Geoffrey Forden ("After China's Test: Time for a Limited Ban on Anti-Satellite Weapons," Anns Contrat Tbday, Mardi 2007) indicates, space arms control has been stalled for many years, primarily by US. refusal to...
North Korea Misses Disarmament Deadline
North Korea has failed to meet an April 14 deadline for implementing its portion of a February agreement to eliminate its nuclear weapons program. Progress continues to be delayed by an unresolved dispute involving North Korean funds in the Macau-based...
Nuclear Material Security Agreement Reached
The United States and Russia have reached agreement on a plan for Russia to sustain and maintain U.S.-installed security upgrades at Russian nuclear material sites, the National Nuclear security Administration (NNSA) said April 11. But a recent report...
Progress on UN WMD Measure Mixed
Three years after the UN security Council required states to enact measures to prevent nonstate actors from acquiring or using unconventional arms, progress toward that goal is disparate and muddled. The limitations are perhaps best summed up by the...
Progress or Problems at CW Destruction Site?
U.S. officials say they are close to signing an agreement with the Russian government to complete the building of a major chemical weapons destruction facility that has been plagued by construction delays.Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee...
Risks and Realities: The "New Nuclear Energy Revival"
The headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sits in the suburbs of Vienna, in the northeast corner of a country that has outlawed nuclear power plants since 1978. The irony of this situation masks deeper divisions in the nuclear...
Sudan Accused of Violating UN Arms Embargo
AUN report has accused the Sudanese government of flying weapons into conflict-ridden Darfur in violation of UN security Council resolutions.The briefing, compiled by a panel of experts charged with assisting the security Council's Sudan Sanctions Committee...
Tests, Arrests Draw Attention to Indian Missiles
Indian missile engineers are wasting little time celebrating their first successful intermediate-range ballistic missile test. With their confidence boosted, missile program managers have offered to develop an ICBM and announced upcoming missile defense...
Treaty Update
Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free ZoneUzbekistan April 2 ratified a treaty to create a Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone. The treaty was signed in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, a former Soviet nuclear test site, by the region's states in September...
UN Members Slow on Iranian, NK Sanctions
Most countries have yet to inform the United Nations whether they have relevant legislation in place to implement newly adopted security Council-mandated sanctions on Iran and North Korea, according to recent reports from two UN panels charged with monitoring...
U.S.-Indian Nuclear Deal: Round II
The nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) faces enough difficulties without the additional burden of preferential treatment for NPT holdout states. Nevertheless, the George W. Bush administration won congressional approval last December for an ill-conceived...
U.S. Poised to Cut Ballistic Missiles
As early as the end of May, the Air Force might start trimming the U.S. long-range nuclear ballistic missile force by 10 percent despite the objections of a few lawmakers. The service also is moving forward with plans to cut its nuclear-armed cruise...
U.S., Russia Exploring Post-START Options
Moscow and Washington recently initiated talks on what measures might follow the upcoming expiration of START, their landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty. Russia favors negotiating another treaty cutting strategic nuclear forces, but the United States...
U.S.-Russian Missile Center Faces Another Hurdle
Along-stalled U.S.-Russian project to share information on missile launches worldwide might never advance if the United States bases strategic anti-missile systems in Europe.Two Russian officials, who asked not to be identified, told Arms Control Today...