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. 27, No. 2, April

Bringing Ukraine into the MTCR: Can U.S. Policy Succeed?
For good reason, Ukraine's denuclearization dominated U.S.-Ukrainian relations immediately following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. However, even before Kyiv decided in 1993 to rid itself of the massive arsenal of Soviet nuclear weapons remaining...
Clinton Announces Reorganization Plan, ACDA to Lose Independent Status
ON APRIL 18 the White House, through the vice president's office, announced that President Bill Clinton had approved a twoyear reorganization plan for the nation's foreign affairs agencies. In the words of a White House fact sheet, the plan is designed...
Clinton Moves Closer to Easing Limits on Arms Sales to Latin America
THE CLINTON administration appears poised to end a two-decade-old policy of restricting sales of U.S. high-tech weapons, such as fighter aircraft and advanced missiles, to Latin America. During the first week of April, the administration announced that...
'Code of Conduct' Rejected Again in Committee Vote
On April 30, by a 23-21 vote, the House International Relations Committee rejected a bipartisan effort by Representatives Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) to require Congress to pre-approve all U.S. weapons exports and military assistance...
Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling, and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction
Preamble The States Parties to this Convention, Determined to act with a view to achieving effective progress towards general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, including the prohibition and elimination of all...
Duma Criticizes Helsinki Outcome; Postpones START II Discussions
IN THE DAYS following the March 20-21 Helsinki summit meeting between President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin, influential members of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, criticized the Yeltsin administration for making...
Enhanced NPT Review Process Gets Underway at First PrepCom Session
DELEGATES FROM 148 countries met at the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) first session in New York, April 7-18 to lay groundwork for recommendations to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference in 2000. The session, the first meeting...
French Defense Policy: Gaullism Meets the Post-Cold War World
French President Jacques Chirac, since his election victory in May 1995, has led the way toward fundamental reform of French defense policy. He has, among other things, conducted a "final" set of nuclear tests, removed one leg of France's strategic nuclear...
In Memoriam: ACDA (1961-1997)
As part of the price for Senate approval of the Chemical Weapons Convention, President Clinton announced plans to abolish the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) and fold its functions into the State Department. Although it has received little...
KEDO Reactor Project Moves through Protocols toward Implementation
FOLLOWING AN April 9-15 trip to North Korea by an "expert-level" delegation, the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) intends to begin site-preparation work for the lightwater reactor (LWR) project at the Sinpo site in North Korea...
Russian Proposal for CFE Adaptation Seeks New Limits on NATO Arms
IN RESPONSE to NATO's initial proposal for adapting the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, Russia released its own working paper on April 22. While both proposals advocate placing national limits on parties' heavy conventional weapons,...
SEANWFZ Enters into Force; U.S. Considers Signing Protocol
THE SOUTHEAST Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone (SEANWFZ) Treaty entered into force on March 28,1997, when Cambodia, became the seventh nation to deposit its instrument of ratification in Bangkok, Thailand. Singapore followed with its ratification on the...
Senate Committee Approves NMD Bill Mandating Deployment by End of 2003
ON APRIL 24, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved by a vote of 10-8, along party lines, the "National Missile Defense Act of 1997" (S. 7), a bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) that would require the United States to deploy...
Senate Gives Advice and Consent; U.S. Becomes Original CWC Party
PRESIDENT BILL Clinton deposited the U.S. instrument of ratification for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) with the United Nations on April 25, four days before the treaty's entry into force. This last-minute action, made possible by Senate approval...
Summary of the Senate Resolution of Ratification to the Chemical Weapons Convention
On April 24, the Senate approved a resolution of advice and consent to ratification (Senate Executive Resolution 75) of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) by a vote of 74-26. The resolution contained 28 "conditions" for Senate approval of the treaty,...