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. 41, No. 2, March

Additional Protocols as a Condition of Nuclear Supply
Fred McGoldrick ("The Road Ahead for Export Controls," January/February 2011) notes that an important outstanding item for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is to reach agreement on the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) additional protocol...
China's Potential to Contribute to Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
During the Cold War, China stayed away from most multilateral nuclear institutions and forums while exercising self-restraint with regard to its nuclear force. After it launched its reform and openness policy in 1978, China began to join existing international...
Ending Pakistan's Nuclear Addiction
The people of Pakistan face multiple hardships: catastrophic flooding, a Taliban-affiliated insurgency, political assassinations, and chronic poverty. Yet, the country's powerful military establishment has directed much of the nation's wealth and perhaps...
Funding for U.S. Nuclear Triad Set to Grow
President Barack Obama last month sent Congress a budget request for fiscal year 2012 that would significantly increase funding for maintenance of the nuclear stockpile, modernization of the weapons production complex, upgrades to strategic delivery...
NATO Posture Review Takes Shape
Discussions among NATO member states and staff on the format and content of a "deterrence and defense posture review" are making slow progress, diplomats and officials involved in the process said last month. It is expected that an informal meeting of...
New START in Force; Missile Defense Looms
Two years after pushing the "reset button" on their relations, the United States and Russia on Feb. 5 exchanged the instruments of ratification for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), officially bringing the treaty into force. U.S. Secretary...
N. Korea Judged to Have More Enrichment Sites
North Korea likely is maintaining uranium-enrichment facilities beyond the one revealed to a U.S. nuclear weapons expert last year, U.S. intelligence officials told a Senate panel Feb. 16.In testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Director...
NNSA Nonproliferation Spending Slated to Rise
President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2012 budget request would increase funding for nonproliferation programs in the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) by roughly 20 percent over current spending levels, but represents...
Pakistan's Nuclear Buildup Vexes FMCT Talks
Pakistan declared in January that it had strengthened its opposition to negotiating a treaty banning the production of fissile material as it prepared to bolster its nuclear arsenal.Islamabad's position threatens to prolong a 14-year stalemate in the...
Proposed U.S. Arms Sales Reach New Heights
Notifications of potential arms sales presented to Congress in 2010 spiked to $102.5 billion, four times higher than the 10-year average from 2000 to 2009 and surpassing the previous record of $75 billion proposed in 2008. (See ACT, March 2009.) Sales...
Steps toward a Deal on Enhanced Safeguards for Iran's Nuclear Program
During more than eight years of a political tug-of-war over Iran's nuclear program, the United States and its allies have yet to reach agreement with Tehran. Iranian leaders repeatedly have demanded recognition of their country's "right" to enrich uranium...
The Past and Future of the CCW
LOOKING BACKAdopted by consensus on October 10, 1980, by a UN conference in Geneva, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) tries to reduce human suffering by establishing a normative framework that seeks to control, limit, and prohibit...
Time for Leadership: South Korea and Nuclear Nonproliferation
South Korea recently has emerged as a significant nuclear exporter. In December 2009, a South Korean-led consortium won a $20 billion deal to export four nuclear reactors to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).1 South Korea has been in the running for other...
Unrest Complicates 2012 Middle East Meeting
The upheavals sweeping across the Middle East have cast a long shadow over diplomatic negotiations aimed at organizing a conference on establishing a zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in that region, according to officials involved in the...
U.S. Moves Forward on Space Policy
The Obama administration has made clarifications to its space policy in recent months, but has continued to delay its decision on supporting a voluntary international code of conduct that has recently drawn questions from a large group of Republican...
U.S. Updates Iran Assessment
Iran is keeping open the option of developing nuclear weapons eventually, but it is not clear that Tehran will decide to do so, U.S. intelligence officials told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Feb. 16. The briefing, which was part of an annual...