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. 3, April

Israel States Strong Interest in Nuclear Energy
Israel's infrastructure minister last month strongly reaffirmed his country's interest in pursuing a nuclear power program and suggested such a program could be "an area for regional cooperation."Uzi Landau made the comments March 9 at a conference in...
More In-Depth Research and Analysis from ACA
Major Proposals to Strengthen the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: A Resource Guide to the 2010 Review ConferenceBy Cole Harvey with the ACA Research StaffMarch 2010For four decades, the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) has served as the framework...
New START to Be Signed April 8
Wrapping up a year of intense negotiations and missed deadlines in which the presidents of Russia and the United States reportedly met or spoke on the telephone 14 times, President Barack Obama announced March 26 at a White House press briefing that...
Next Steps on New START
U.S. and Russian negotiators, with a push from Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev, have concluded the most important strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty in nearly two decades. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which will be...
Nuclear Summit Set to Host World Leaders
Almost immediately after signing a strategic arms treaty this month, President Barack Obama will have to focus his attention on another part of his nuclear policy agenda: securing vulnerable nuclear materials around the world.Obama is preparing to host...
Pakistan Presses Case for U.S. Nuclear Deal
As part of a wide-ranging, high-level dialogue between Pakistani and U.S. leaders held in Washington last month, Pakistan reportedly proposed a civilian nuclear trade arrangement similar to the one granted to India, but received a noncommittal response...
Playing the Nuclear Game: Pakistan and the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty
Since May 2009, Pakistan, largely alone, has blocked the start of international talks on a fissile material cutoff treaty (FMCT) at the 65 -member Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva.1 The treaty would ban the production of fissile materials for...
Principles and Process
For anyone who attended the 2005 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, where the parties failed to agree on anything at all, the recent debacle at the Copenhagen climate change conference seemed very familiar. In both cases, nation-based...
Putin Predicts Summer Start for Iranian Reactor
In a statement that triggered a public dispute with the United States, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last month Russia would help Iran's first nuclear power plant begin operations this summer. The March 18 announcement, made during a Russian...
Renewing the Bargain
The nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) regime is in a state of crisis. That at least has been a leitmotif of discussions among experts during the past decade. The failure of the 2005 NPT Review Conference to arrive at an agreed result clearly seemed...
Seizing the Momentum
As initiatives for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation have been emerging in rapid succession, the 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference is approaching. The review conference is a unique forum for evaluating the operations...
The Coming Glut of Japanese Spent Fuel
Frank von Hippel's article ("South Korean Reprocessing: An Unnecessary Threat to the Nonproliferation Regime," January/February 2010) on the proliferation risks of South Korea's plans for reprocessing spent fuel from its nuclear power program elegantly...
The Perils of Proliferation in South Asia
BOOK REVIEW: The Perils of Proliferation in South Asia Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia: The Causes and Consequences Of the Kargil Conflict Edited by Peter R. Lavoy Cambridge University Press, 2009, 426 pp.Nuclear Proliferation In South Asia: Crisis...
U.S. Incendiary-Weapons Policy Rebuffed
In a rare step, 17 European countries objected in February to conditions the United States put on its decision to be bound by an international arms control protocol.At the broadest level, the controversy revolves around Washington's stance that incendiary...
U.S. Releases Cybersecurity Details
The White House released for the first time unclassified details of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) March 2. Launched in January 2008 by the Bush administration, the CNCI details a number of initiatives designed to increase...
What Is a "New" Nuclear Weapon?
News ANALYSISDuring the 2008 presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama (111.) told Arms Control Today, "I will not authorize the development of new nuclear weapons." In its first months, the new administration stated on its Web site...