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. 38, No. 5, June

Anti-Missile Test Shelved by Technical Glitch
A technical glitch led the Pentagon to scrub its most recently planned test of a long-range ballistic missile interceptor system. The midMay cancellation came on the heels of a sharp round of congressional debate on the system's capability and the release...
Bush Sends Russia Nuclear Energy Pact to Hill
President George W. Bush May 13 asked Congress to approve a long-stalled civil nuclear agreement with Russia, despite complaints from Capitol Hill about the Kremlin's ongoing nuclear and military cooperation with Iran. Meanwhile, the Senate May 22 approved...
Chinese Arms Shipment Sparks Outrage
In April, South African dockworkers refused to unload a Chinese cargo ship carrying more than 70 tons of small arms destined for Zimbabwe. The refusal set off international reactions that led to the recall of the shipment and calls for stronger international...
Editor's NOTE
It may seem strange to argue that the 1968 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) has been a success at a time when North Korea has opted out of the treaty, Iran has skirted its requirements, and the nuclear-weapon states are still far from meeting the...
House Agrees on NK Sanctions Waiver
The House of Representatives May 15 approved a provision granting the president the ability to waive certain sanctions on North Korea in order to allow U.S. agencies to advance additional efforts to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear facilities. The waiver...
Letters TO THE EDITOR
Closing Diniona and TritiumBennett Ramberg presents an interesting and well-researched analysis of the potential radiological hazards of a strike on Dimona and hence of a safety rational for closing down the reactor ("Should Israel Close Dimona?" May...
NK Delivers Plutonium Documentation
U.S. officials May 8 obtained documents detailing the operating records of North Korea's key plutonium-related facilities at Yongbyon. Examination of the records would provide some indication of the amount of plutonium that the facilities produced and...
NPT Meet Buoys Hopes for 2010 Conference
An April 28-May 9 meeting of states-parties to prepare for the 2010 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference marked a significant change in tone from previous meetings. Although ideological differences persisted and some rhetorical clashes...
NPT: Past, Present, and Future
Over the course of its 40-year existence, the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) has established an indispensable yet imperfect set of interlocking nonproliferation and disarmament obligations and standards. Rather than the dozens of nuclear-armed...
Nuclear Export Criteria Lacks Consensus
Leading nuclear exporters at a recent Berlin meeting apparently failed to reach consensus on adopting new criteria to regulate certain sensitive nuclear technology transfers. Meanwhile, India's effort to win an exemption from that group's current trade...
Panel Formed on WMD, Terrorism
Congressional leaders recently announced the formation of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, appointing nine commissioners on May 16.The commission is the result of legislation Congress passed...
Proposals Offered on Iranian Nuclear Program
In mid-May, Iran delivered to Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council proposals for negotiations on a wide range of issues aimed at resolving concerns regarding its nuclear program. The Iranian proposals came shortly after the...
Russia Wants Limits on Prompt Global Strike
One divisive issue in U.S.-Russian talks on a future strategic weapons treaty is Russia's interest in having that agreement limit long-range missiles and delivery systems armed with non-nuclear warheads. The Bush administration is seeking such weapons...
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: The Next 40 Years
Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr StøreK. SubrahmanyamAmbassador Thomas R. PickeringAmbassador Jayantha DhanapalaThe nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) turns 40 on July 1, and the international community will have much to celebrate. Most importantly, the...
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: The Past 40 Years
On July 1, the nearly 190 states-parties to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) will mark its 40th anniversary. Four decades ago, representatives of roughly 60 states gathered in London, Moscow, and Washington to sign the accord, which entered...
Unexploded Weapons Clearance Plan Progresses
The Department of State opened a bidding process April 29 to solicit plans for a new quick-reaction force that would be able to handle threats to civilians from unexploded cluster bombs and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). U.S. officials hope that...
UN Renews Committee on WMD
The UN Security Council April 25 adopted Resolution 1810 extending for an additional three years a council committee tasked with monitoring, facilitating, and promoting national efforts to prevent other states and terrorists from acquiring nuclear, chemical,...
U.S. vs. Them: How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined American Security
U.S. vs. Them: How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined American Security By J. Peter Scoblic, 1 Viking Penguin, April 2008, 350 pp.Before I retired as a university professor, I would mentally calculate as each term began what public events...