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. 39, No. 3, April

A Joint Enterprise: Diplomacy to Achieve a World without Nuclear Weapons
While a candidate for president last summer, Barack Obama said in Berlin that "[t]his is the moment to begin the work of seeking the peace of a world without nuclear weapons."After the November election, the president-elect made clear in this magazine...
BOOK REVIEW: Pursuing a Nuclear Weapons-Free World
BOOK REVIEW: Pursuing a Nuclear Weapons-Free World Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Edited by George R Shultz et al. Hoover Institution Press, 2008, 510 pp.It is no revelation that, for the past eight years, the U.S....
CW Destruction Site Begins Operation
On March 5, the chemical weapons destruction plant at Shchuch'ye in Russia began operating. The plant is a key component of Russia's push to destroy its entire stockpile of agents by 2012, as mandated by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Other facilities...
Editor's NOTE
As Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev meet for the first time this month, disarmament will be in the air. Although the immediate task will be for the two leaders to chart a successor to the bilateral Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, many hope...
EU Nonproliferation Chief Sketches Transatlantic Agenda
While NATO is about to re-evaluate its role in arms control and nonproliferation, EU officials hope that the change of administration in Washington will kick-start transatlantic cooperation. In a Feb. 16 interview with Arms Control Today, Annalisa Giannella,...
GAO Criticizes Missile Defense Programs
A March Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress found that the U.S. ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) has been subject to cost overruns and vague accounting and failed to achieve any of its six testing objectives for fiscal year...
Getting to Zero: An Interview with International Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Commission Co-Chair Gareth Evans
Gareth Evans serves as co-chair of the International Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Commission, an initiative sponsored by Australia and Japan aimed at providing recommendations for strengthening the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT),...
IAEA Approves India Additional Protocol
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) March 3 approved an additional protocol to India's safeguards agreement, ostensibly providing the agency with greater authority to monitor India's civilian nuclear activities. New Delhi, which is not a member...
IAEA Fuel Bank Advances
A proposed international nuclear fuel bank took a major step forward March 5 with a $10 million pledge by Kuwait. The pledge meant that international donors exceeded a required $100 million total.Earlier pledges had come from the United States ($50 million),...
Miles A. Pomper Leaves; Daniel Horner to Be Editor
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTThis marks the final issue for Arms Control Today editor Miles A. Pomper, who is leaving the Arms Control Association to become a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Daniel Horner, formerly...
NATO, Arms Control and Nonproliferation: An Alliance Divided?
NATO's April 3-4 summit in France and Germany is expected to initiate a review of the alliance's 1999 Strategic Concept, which is likely to lead to a lively debate over the role the alliance should play in arms control and nonproliferation efforts. Some...
Nuclear Refurbishment Problems Reported
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) March 2 released a report detailing several cases of mismanagement within two of the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Life Extension Programs (LEPs). This report follows NNSA press releases...
Obama Cuts RRW Program
President Barack Obama Feb. 26 provided the outlines of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins Oct. 1. The outline, the details of which are expected to be filled in this month, includes a proposal to end the development of the controversial...
Obama Seeks Russian Cooperation on Iran
In February, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev seeking greater cooperation from Moscow for addressing concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program. The letter indicated that the U.S. deployment of a missile defense...
Pressing the Nuclear Reset Button
The Cold War ended nearly two decades ago, but U.S. and Russian leaders have missed opportunities to implement agreements that would have achieved deeper, irreversible cuts in their nuclear and missile stockpiles. As a result, their nuclear weapons doctrines...
Russia, U.S. Seek START Successor by Year End
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Geneva March 6 to discuss a follow-on agreement to START and U.S.-Russian relations generally. In a press conference following their meeting, Clinton expressed...
The Future of Nuclear Arms: A World United and Divided by Zero
Ever since nuclear weapons were first used in World War II, there have been proposals to eliminate them. The today is largely united on the merits of this goal but remains deeply divided over how to achieve it.Some commentators call for mass popular...
United Kingdom Promotes Disarmament
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivered an address March 17 to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference in London in which he reaffirmed the importance of disarmament in a "global nuclear bargain for our times." Brown spoke two days before...
U.S., Allies Warn against NK Space Launch
The United States, Japan, and South Korea warned North Korea in March that its intended satellite launch would violate a UN Security Council resolution prohibiting Pyongyang's missile activities, indicating that the council would consider the issue in...
U.S. Limits Clusters; Global Efforts Ongoing
The United States in March made permanent a ban on the transfer of nearly all of its cluster munitions, and Congress is considering limitations on the use of the weapons. Internationally, Laos, the world's most cluster-impacted country, ratified the...