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. 7, September

Arms Issues Divide U.S. and Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin's midsummer visit to President George W. Bush's seaside family retreat in Maine netted one fish and little else.To be sure, the two governments took some bilateral nuclear cooperation steps but failed to settle sharp...
Arms Trade Dips but Still Brisk in 2006
Despite reporting to the United Nations a collective decline in their global arms transfers in 2006, arms suppliers posted the third-highest tally for major conventional weapons exports in 15 years. Arms buyers and sellers also volunteered more information...
Congress Moves to Impose Iran Sanctions
The House of Representatives July 31 passed two pieces of legislation tightening sanctions on Iran, in response to the international row over its nuclear ambitions. Both bills garnered broad bipartisan support. Further measures focused on Iran are also...
Convention in Peril? Riot Control Agents and the Chemical Weapons Ban
As the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) commemorates its 10th anniversary, states-parties have much to celebrate: the near universal status of the treaty, the destruction of major chemical-weapon stocks, and the establishment of an international organization...
Countering the MANPADS Threat: Strategies for Success
In 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell warned that "no threat is more serious to aviation" than lightweight, guided, portable surface-to-air missiles known as man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).1 Since then, Powell's words have been echoed...
Editor's NOTE
Our feature articles this month all touch in one way or another on the intersection of technology with arms control.Troubled by the possibility that terrorists might acquire and use widely available shoulder-fired missiles to down airplanes, the U.S....
Fixing a Flawed Nuclear Deal
After months of contentious negotiations, U.S. and Indian officials recently concluded a formal agreement for nuclear cooperation that contradicts long-standing U.S. nuclear export policies and threatens the global nonproliferation order.The proposed...
France, Libya Sign Nuclear Desalination Deal
On his state visit to Libya, French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed a memorandum of understanding on nuclear energy cooperation with long-time Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. The July 25 memorandum clears the way for French access to Libyan uranium and...
Iran Agrees on Work Plan with IAEA
In July and August, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held three rounds of talks aimed at resolving a number of outstanding verification issues regarding Tehran's nuclear program. The talks concluded Aug. 21 with agreement on a work...
Iran Allegedly Skirts Hezbollah Arms Ban
A year after the United Nations imposed a ban on arms sales to Hezbollah in the wake of its 2006 clash with Israel, the Shiite group in southern Lebanon is rearming. Iran and Syria have been implicated in the weapons buildup.UN Secretary-General Ban...
Israel, Neighbors Mull Nuclear Power Programs
Soon after the United States and India concluded negotiations on a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement, Israeli officials announced in August that they too may be seeking U.S. help in furthering a civilian nuclear power program. The move comes at...
Lawmakers Knock New Warhead Report
A recent Bush administration report intended to shore up congressional support for a flagging initiative to build a new nuclear warhead appears to have backfired. Key lawmakers blasted the report, and the program suffered another budget vote defeat.On...
LOOKING BACK: Kananaskis at Five: Assessing the Global Partnership
The Group of Eight (G-8) industrial countries-Canada,-France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States-convened in Kananaskis, Canada, in 2002 for an annual summer summit and created a new and expanded entity, the G-8...
NK Shuts Down Reactor; Talks Progress
In a July, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that North Korea has shut down five facilities at Yongbyon and Taechon associated with Pyongyang's plutonium-based nuclear weapons program. The shutdown was the primary step in the first...
Nuclear Technical Cooperation: A Right or a Privilege?
In November 2006, during its annual meeting to consider technical cooperation applications, the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 35-nation Board of Governors denied Iran's request for technical assistance for its Arak 40-megawatt heavy-water...
Reports of Note
The Use of Voluntary Safeguards to Build Trust in States' Nuclear Programmes: The Case of IranJames Acton with Joanna Little, Vertic Research Reports, No. 8, May 2007.This technical study lays out verification measures that the International Atomic Energy...
Security Council Ends UNMOVIC
On June 29, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution officially terminating the mandate of UN inspectors tasked with verifying and monitoring Iraq's disarmament. The inspectors had not been able to visit Iraq since a U.S.-led coalition invaded the...
Small Arms Raising Concerns in Iraq
A pair of recent reports have raised concerns about the use and transfer of small arms in Iraq. A July 2007 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Department of Defense could not fully account for at least 190,000 weapons issued...
U.S. Begins Trimming ICBM Fleet
On July 12, Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, home to the largest ICBM force in the United States, began deactivating the first of 50 Minuteman III missiles slated for retirement. The United States will retain 450 Minuteman Ills in service, with the...
U.S. Cuts Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe
The United States may have quietly removed all 130 nuclear weapons from its air force base in Ramstein, Germany. Before the withdrawal, Ramstein had been the biggest U.S. nuclear base in Europe. If true, the withdrawal means that there are probably about...
U.S.-Indian Nuclear Deal Advances
The United States and India completed negotiations July 27 on a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement, edging them closer toward erasing long-standing U.S. and international nuclear trade restrictions on India. But before realizing that goal, the two...
U.S. Plans Major Middle East Arms Sales
Citing threats from Iran, Syria, and various terrorist groups, the Bush administration is offering more than $60 billion in new weapons and military assistance to Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other U.S. allies in the Middle East.Secretary of State...
U.S. Renews Fighter Exports to Pakistan
The United States recently delivered two used F-16B jets to Pakistan and announced plans to donate another two dozen. In a deal announced last September, the United States is also set to sell Pakistan 18 new F-16C/D fighters for delivery in 2010 and...
U.S., UK Sign Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty
On June 26, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush signed the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty (DTCT). If ratified by both countries, the treaty would create a streamlined system for defense trade within a community encompassing...
White House Nonproliferation Office Created
On Aug. 3, President George W. Bush signed into law measures designed to strengthen U.S. nuclear nonproliferation programs. Congress had approved the measures in late July as part of broader legislation aimed at implementing recommendations of the bipartisan...