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. 40, No. 6, July/August

Consensus Found at Small Arms Conference
Delegates at a UN biennial meeting last month reached consensus on the next steps toward an international instrument to address the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons. Although the commitments made were modest, the delegates' ability to find...
Future Prospects for the NPT
For the fourth time in 40 years, the parties to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) accomplished the difficult task of reaching consensus on steps to strengthen the treaty at the end of their review conference in May. At the review conference-the...
Highlights of the Final Document of the 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference
The 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, which met May 3-28, produced a final document that reaffirms the strong support of the international community for the NPT as the cornerstone of the international nonproliferation regime....
Iranian Fuel Swap Still Up for Discussion
Iran remains open to talks with France, Russia, and the United States on a proposed nuclear fuel deal but is delaying the negotiations in response to international sanctions, Iranian officials said in June. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said...
Is the NSG Up to the Task?
The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was established 35 years ago to reinforce the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) by establishing guidelines for nuclear supply. These voluntary guidelines were designed to prevent the transfer of the most sensitive...
Key Panel Plans August Vote on New START
Seeking to finish its work by the August recess, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held five hearings on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in June.The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing as well, its first since the...
LOOKING BACK: The U.S.-Indian Deal and Its Impact
The decision five years ago by the United States to open up nuclear trade with India overturned decades of U.S. and global nonproliferation policy. Initially, it evoked only muted criticism from the nonproliferation community. Many U.S. and foreign experts...
NPT: Back on Track
The 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference opened in New York on May 3 in a positive if subdued political atmosphere. High expectations generated by President Barack Obama's commitment in Prague a year earlier to seek the peace...
NSG Makes Little Headway at Meeting
The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) last month concluded its annual plenary meeting with little apparent progress on two high-profile issues, the potential sale of two reactors from China to Pakistan and the adoption of morestringent rules for sensitive...
Open Skies Members Look to Future
The parties to the Open Skies Treaty agreed last month to focus on adapting the treaty to the demands of the 21st century while keeping in mind the financial and technological constraints that many member states are facing.In the conference's final document,...
Report Alleges Secret Myanmar Nuclear Work
Myanmar (Burma) has been carrying out rudimentary steps toward developing nuclear weapons, a documentary released in June by an opposition group alleges. The documentary by the Democratic Voice of Burma featured information provided by Sai Thein Win,...
Russia Revises Chemical Arms Deadline
Russia has said that it will not meet the Chemical Weapons Convention's April 2012 deadline for destroying its stockpile of chemical weapons, the head of the convention's implementing body said June 29.Rogelio Pfirter, director-general of the Organization...
Russia, U.S. Working on Joint Launch Notification
Building on their progress on arms control and nonproliferation, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met at the White House June 24 and issued a joint statement saying the two nations would continue their efforts to share early-warning...
The Arms Trade Treaty PrepCom: Prepared and Committed?
From July 12 to 23, UN member states will gather in New York for the first Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting for the arms trade treaty (ATT) negotiating conference, beginning a process slated to deliver a legally binding instrument to regulate...
The International Arms Trade: Difficult to Define, Measure, and Control
The international arms trade apparently has weathered the financial crisis quite well. Available data indicate that the impact to date on the volume of orders and deliveries has been limited.As has been shown in the past, financial resources - from domestic...
UN Enhances Iran Sanctions
After a months-long push by the United States and its allies to expand penalties against Iran over its nuclear program, the UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Tehran June 9. Resolution 1929 includes a range of mandatory restrictions...