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. 30, No. 4, May

BWC Ad Hoc Group Continues Work without Substantial Progress
THE AD HOC Group of states-parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) made no substantial progress during its last session on resolving major differences on key issues or removing brackets from the rolling text, which is a draft of the protocol...
Implications of the Duma's Approval of START II
On April 17, the Arms Control Association held a press conference to examine the motivations and ramifications of the Russian Duma's April 14 approval of START II. The treaty, which was originally signed in 1993 and then updated in 1997, reduces the...
Iran, D.P.R.K. Sanctioned for Missile Transfers
According to an April 14 announcement, the Clinton administration has imposed sanctions on four firms in Iran and one in North Korea for "missile technology proliferation activities." The targeted firms are Changgwang Sinyong Corporation in North Korea;...
Israel Rebuffs U.S. Demand to Cancel China Arms Deal
DESPITE STRONG PUBLIC opposition from the United States, Israel is proceeding with the sale to China of an advanced airborne early-warning (AEW) radar system, which U.S. officials warn could affect the strategic balance between China and Taiwan. After...
Leaked Documents Detail U.S. ABM Strategy; GOP Says Limited NMD Plans Are Not Enough
AIMING TO WIN Russian acquiescence to a limited U.S. national missile defense (NMD), the Clinton administration provided Russia with a draft protocol for amending the ABM Treaty and "talking points" detailing why the NMD system would not jeopardize Moscow's...
Lockheed Martin Charged with Sharing Rocket Data with China
ON APRIL 4, the State Department accused Lockheed Martin of violating arms export control laws by supplying sensitive rocket information to a company partially owned by the Chinese government. Lockheed Martin allegedly provided Asia Satellite Telecommunications...
NMD Double-Talk
The Clinton administration's hypocritical and dangerous approach to national missile defense (NMD) has been starkly exposed in recently released documents that detail its proposed changes to the ABM Treaty. (See p. 16.) Earlier this year, the United...
NPT Review Conference Opens
MARKING THE FIRST assessment of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) since it was extended indefinitely in 1995, delegates of the treaty's states-parties gathered April 24 at United Nations headquarters in New York to open the 2000 NPT review conference....
Official Projections of NMD Costs Rise by Billions
WITH PRESIDENT BILL Clinton scheduled to decide later this year on whether to deploy a limited national missile defense (NMD) system, government estimates released in April show that costs for deploying the proposed defense could total nearly three to...
Prospects for Progress: Drafting the Protocol to the BWC
Ambassador Tibor Toth, Hungary's permanent representative to the UN office in Vienna since 1997, is chairman of a negotiating body known as the Ad Hoc Group, which has met in Geneva since 1995 to draft measures to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention...
Putin Signs New Military Doctrine, Fleshing out Security Concept
THE RUSSIAN SECURITY Council approved and President Vladimir Putin signed a new military doctrine April 21 that replaces the doctrine adopted in 1993 and "fleshes out" the military policy elaborated in Russia's 2000 national security concept, formally...
Russian Duma Approves Test Ban Treaty
A WEEK AFTER approving START II and only days before the opening of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, the Russian Duma approved the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by an overwhelming majority. Once it formally ratifies...
Russia Proposes Global Regime on Missile Proliferation
OFFERING AN ALTERNATIVE to missile defense as a means to deal with missile proliferation, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov urged consideration of a Russian proposal for a global missile confidence-building and non-proliferation regime April 25 at...
Russia Ratifies START II, Extension Protocol; ABM-Related Agreements Also Approved
MORE THAN SEVEN years after signing the treats; Russia ratified START II on May 4, also approving a package of agreements that extend the treaty's deadline and clarify issues concerning the 1972 ABM Treaty. The ratification puts additional pressure on...
Russia's Military Doctrine
On April 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new military doctrine intended to replace the doctrine issued in 1993 and to elaborate on the military policies outlined in the new Russian national security concept, released in January (See p....
Russia to Miss CWC Deadline
FACED WITH THE almost-certain prospect that Russia will miss a Chemical Weapons Convention deadline to destroy 1 percent of its "Category 1" chemical weapons by April 29, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the convention's...
START II Resolution of Ratification
Russia's resolution of ratification on START II establishes several linkages that effectively make the treaty's entry pinto force and Russia's adherence to it contingent on U.S. action vis-a-vis other arms control agreements. Article 2 of the resolution...
UN Security Council Approves UNMOVIC Plan
MOVING TOWARD RE-ESTABLISHING an inspections regime in Iraq, Hans Blix submitted an organizational plan April 6 for the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). Confirming the broad vision that he announced March 1...
U.S. Announces Taiwan Arms Deal
ACTING ON THE Pentagon's advice, the Clinton administration decided April 17 to supply Taiwan with advanced missiles and, eventually, a long-range radar for detecting ballistic missile launches, but shelved Taiwan's request for four advanced warships....
U.S. Draft Protocol to the ABM Treaty and Associated 'Talking Points'
In January, U.S. arms control negotiators provided their Russian counterparts in Geneva with a package of documents, including a draft protocol for amending the 1972 ABM Treaty as part of the Clinton administration's continuing efforts to win Moscow's...