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. 42, No. 5, June

Former STRATCOM Head Calls for Cuts
As the Obama administration puts the finishing touches on its new nuclear strategy, Gen. James Cartwright, commander of U.S. nuclear forces under President George W. Bush, last month called for making deep reductions in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, doing...
IAEA, Iran Close to Deal, Amano Says
A deal allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to pursue its investigation into the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program could be signed "quite soon," IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said May 22.Amano flew to Tehran...
Libya Sets Date to Destroy Chemical Arms
Libya has set a target date of December 2013 for complete destruction of its most potent chemical weapons, according to documents circulated at a May 1-4 meeting on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).The meeting of the Executive Council of the Organization...
NATO Fields Interceptors without Russia
NATO now has an "interim capability" for its U.S.-built missile interceptor system, the alliance announced at its May 20-21 summit in Chicago, but the future of NATO-Russian cooperation on missile defense remains uncertain.The announcement of NATO's...
NATO Sticks with Nuclear Policy
Leaders from NATO's 28 countries, meeting at a May 20-21 summit in Chicago, adopted a report that confirms the basic tenets of the alliance's nuclear posture and lays the groundwork for future confidence-building talks with Russia on tactical nuclear...
North Korea Urged Not to Test
China, Japan, and South Korea agreed not to "accept further nuclear tests or provocations from North Korea," according to a may 13 statement by South Korean President Lee myung-bak. Lee issued the statement from Beijing at the end of a trilateral meeting...
Nuclear Deterrence in a Changed World
Less than a year after the first atomic bombings, Albert Einstein warned, "Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing power to make great decisions for good or evil. The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our...
P5+1 and Iran Claim Progress in Talks
Following two days of discussions last month in Baghdad, Iran agreed to meet again in June with six world powers to "expand" on the "common ground" that the two sides identified during negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, Catherine Ashton, who represented...
Pentagon Defends Arms Buy from Russia
The Department of Defense is responding to congressional criticism of its purchase of helicopters from a Russian firm that also is supplying arms to the Syrian government, saying the aircraftare central to U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and have qualities...
Resolving the Ambiguity of Nuclear Weapons Costs
For many observers, nuclear weapons top the list of areas in which savings should be found in the face of declining defense budgets. Indeed, the Department of Defense's own strategic guidance acknowledges that "[i]t is possible that our deterrence goals...
The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade
The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade By Andrew Feinstein Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011, 704 pp.At the beginning of July, delegates from UN member states will meet in New York to negotiate an arms trade treaty (ATT). Andrew Feinstein's book...
The Urgent Need for an Arms Trade Treaty
Late last month, UN officials confirmed that more than 100 Syrians-the majority women and children-were killed following artillery and tank shelling of civilians near the town of Haoula by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Despite the brutality...
U.S. Plans to Sell Bahrain More Arms
The Department of State last month announced plans to deliver military equipment and services to Bahrain despite ongoing allegations of human rights abuses by the Persian Gulf state's government.The department, which cited "national security interests,"...
U.S., Russia Discuss Cyber Hotline
Russian and U.S. negotiators are working on an agreement to establish a hotline for cyberattacks similar to one used since 1988 to prevent accidental nuclear war, a Department of State official said in a may 25 interview.The hotline is one of several...
Work Seen Needed on Mideast Meeting
Although there has been "substantial progress" in organizing a planned conference on creating a Middle Eastern zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), it is "clear that further and intensified efforts are needed," the conference's facilitator...