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. 8, October

Anti-Missile System Scores Test Hit
The Pentagon's strategic ballistic missile defense intercepted a test target Sept. 1 for the first time since President George W. Bush ordered the rudimentary system deployed nearly four years ago. The success comes on the cuspof a U.S. decision to extend...
Balancing Nuclear "Rights" and Responsibilities
Since the beginning of the nuclear age, efforts to exploit nuclear technology for energy and for profit have complicated the task of reducing the nuclear weapons threat. Now, as states such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Iran, and South Africa either...
Biotechnology and the Challenge to Arms Control
Advances in biotechnology pose grave challenges to arms control for the coming decades. The increasing capabilities of the biological sciences and the global spread of the underlying technologies raise the prospect of misuse of these technologies by...
BOOK REVIEW: Fingers on the Nuclear Trigger
BOOK REVIEW: Fingers on the Nuclear Trigger At the Borderline of Armageddon: How American Presidents Managed the Atom Bomb By James E. Goodby Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, June 2006, 224 pp.At last, a well-written, objective account of the evolution...
Central Asian States Renounce Nuclear Weapons
Five former Soviet Central Asian states agreed Sept. 8 to forswear nuclear weapons within their territories permanently. However, breaking from typical practice, the treaty lacks the endorsement of three of the five official nuclear-weapon states. France,...
Cluster Munitions under New Scrutiny
Israeli military forces and Hezbollah militants ceased fighting in southern Lebanon Aug. 14, but unexploded Israeli ordnance there is still wounding and killing people. The casualties have raised questions about Israel's use of cluster munitions and...
Editor's NOTE
The fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks is a reminder of the dangers of a terrorist using chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons and the need to take all steps to prevent such an attack. But what if, despite our best efforts, such an attack...
Global Arms Exports Continued Upswing in 2005
Government reports volunteered to the United Nations reveal that 2005 marked the highest volume of major conventional weapons exports in more than a dozen years. Yet, the figures, like those in previous years, do not take into account some arms transfers,...
Iran, EU Struggle to Start Nuclear Talks
As September drew to a close, European and Iranian negotiators were attempting to reach an agreement regarding ground rules for negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The permanent five members of the UN security Council, along with Germany and Italy,...
Israel Looks to Bolster Arms Capabilities
After absorbing thousands of rocket and missile attacks this summer, Israel is keener than ever to expand its missile defenses. As international tensions with Iran mount, Israel also is moving to boost its offensive military capabilities with the purchase...
Japan, Australia Sanction North Korea
In a coordinated action, Japan and Australia announced Sept. 19 that they had adopted sanctions targeting multiple foreign entities tied to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs.The governments said that...
Letter TO THE EDITOR
A Fresh START+Anatoli Diakov and Eugene Miasnikov ("ReSTART? The Need for a New U.S.-Russian Strategic Arms Agreement," Arms Control Today, September 2006) provide an interesting discussion of Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal to replace START...
News ANALYSIS: IAEA Limits Leave Iran Intel Gaps
As negotiators seek to start talks to ease concerns about Iran's nuclear program, Tehran's February decision to limit the access of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors is contributing to additional doubts about its nuclear intentions...
Pentagon Shifts Arms Control Posts
The Department of Defense's top policy chief Aug. 28 announced an extensive reorganization that will affect several senior Pentagon arms control and nonproliferation positions.Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman, who announced the reorganization,...
Post-Detonation Nuclear Forensics
As responsible governments want to locate nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists before they are detonated, they have tended to focus on improving methods to detect fissile material (pre-detonation) more than using forensic techniques to determine...
Senate Intel Panel Releases Two Iraq Reports
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released two reports Sept. 8 as part of the second phase of its inquiry into pre-war U.S. intelligence concerning Iraq's suspected chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons programs.One report compares pre-war...
Senate Vote on U.S.-Indian Deal Delayed
Despite the high priority attached by the Bush administration and New Delhi to a proposed U.S.-Indian civilian nuclear trade agreement, the Senate did not act on legislation advancing the deal before going into recess. But Senate leaders indicated they...
The Limits of Modest Progress: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Efforts to Strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention
Next month, Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) member states will gather for a review conference five years after a previous meeting dissolved amid acrimony. So far, the signs are that countries participating in November's BWC review meeting will avoid...
Treaty Update
Chemical Weapons ConventionComoros and the Central African Republic are the two latest states to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), agreeing not to develop, produce, stockpile, or use chemical weapons. Comoros became the 179th state-party...
U.S.-Russian Nuclear Program Expires
Last-minute informal U.S.-Russian talks aimed at preserving an eight-year-old program appear to have come up short. The Nuclear Cities Initiative (NCI), designed to keep Russian nuclear weapons specialists from selling their secrets to rogue states,...
U.S., Russia Sign Plutonium Accord
The United States and Russia finalized an agreement Sept. 15 resolving a long-standing dispute on a bilateral program to dispose of excess nuclear weapons material. Yet, even though the signing marked the highlight of a recent Washington visit by a senior...
Vienna Meeting Airs New Nuclear Fuel Proposals
Concerns that global tensions over Iran's uranium-enrichment program may be the first in a series of future crises are spurring governments and private organizations from nuclear supplier countries to step forward with new efforts to limit the spread...
Who Did It? Using International Forensics to Detect and Deter Nuclear Terrorism
On February 2, The New York Times reported that the Pentagon has formed a nuclear forensics team tasked with identifying the attackers should the United States be hit with a nuclear bomb.1 Adapting nuclear technology to the forensics of exploded nuclear...