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. 37, No. 5, June

Conference on Disarmament Stalemate Persists
The latest bid to end the prolonged negotiating impasse of the 65-member Conference on Disarmament (CD) is faltering primarily because China and Pakistan are raising objections to the March 23 proposal.Western diplomatic sources and a UN official close...
Crossing the Threshold: The Untold Nuclear Dimension of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and Its Contemporary Lessons
Forty years ago, war dramatically transformed the Middle East. Six memorable days, known by Israelis as the Six-Day War and by Arabs and others as the 1967 War, redrew the landscape of the Arab-Israeli conflict in fundamental ways. In those six days,...
Editor's NOTE
When and why do states pursue nuclear weapons? It is a question that has long been debated among arms control and nonproliferation analysts. This month's issue looks at one state that has crossed the nuclear Rubicon and another that some analysts fear...
Iran Continues Security Council Defiance
A May 23 report from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei documents that Iran has continued work on its nuclear program in defiance of the UN security Council. This lack of compliance sets the stage for the council...
LOOKING BACK: The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
On January 26, 1988, Ambassador Maynard Glitman, the chief U.S. negotiator at the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty talks, wound up his testimony in support of the treaty with the following:It remains fundamentally true that improved East-West...
Missile Defense Five Years after the ABM Treaty
News ANALYSISFive years after President George W. Bush orchestrated the June 13, 2002, U.S. withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty to build an "effective" missile defense, the system remains unproven or insufficient in the eyes...
Not Going Nuclear: Japan's Response to North Korea's Nuclear Test
Since North Korea's nuclear test on October 9, 2006, there has been considerable foreign speculation that the explosion might prompt Japan to develop its own nuclear weapons arsenal. These views do not reflect the relatively restrained reaction in Japan...
NPT Preparatory Meeting Scores Some Success
News ANALYSISSubstantive discussions at the first of three preparatory meetings for the 2010 review conference of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), held April 30-May 11 in Vienna, were cut short because of an Iranian objection to the agenda....
Panel Endorses U.S. Global Strike Initiative
An independent panel recently provided a boost to a coolly received Pentagon initiative that would convert some long-range, submarinelaunched ballistic missiles to deliver conventional warheads instead of nuclear ones.In a May 11 report to Congress,...
Reports of Note
The United States Nuclear Weapons Program: The Role of the Reliable Replacement WarheadAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science, April 2007Tasked with assessing whether a program to design and build a new nuclear warhead might ease longevity...
Russia, Burma Sign Nuclear Agreement
The United States has expressed concerns about an agreement Burma and Russia signed May 15 that could pave the way for the construction of a Russian nuclear research reactor in the Southeast Asian nation.Department of State spokesperson Tom casey told...
Russia Casts Doubt on Conventional Arms Pact
President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian leaders recently ratcheted up warnings that Moscow might freeze or end participation in a treaty limiting conventional weapons in Europe if some long-running disputes with NATO are not soon resolved.In an...
Security Council May Close Iraq Inspection Unit
The United States and other permanent members of the UN security Council are drafting a resolution that would officially terminate the mission of UN inspectors tasked with verifying and monitoring Iraq's disarmament, Ben Chang, a spokesperson for the...
START Over
Five years ago at the signing ceremony for the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT), President George W. Bush claimed the agreement "liquidates the Cold War legacy of nuclear hostility" between the United States and Russia. Think again. Although...
The Proliferation Security Initiative: A Glass Half-Full
As we approach the fourth anniversary of President George W. Bush's May 31, 2003, launch of the Proliferation security Initiative (PSI), it is appropriate and fair to compare rhetoric with reality, assess the effort's effectiveness, and attempt to divine...
Treaty Update
Biological Weapons ConventionKazakhstan signed legislation May 8 to join the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). It will officially accede to the convention after it has submitted its instrument of accession to Russia, the United Kingdom, or the United...