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. 4, May

Banning Long-Range Missiles in the Middle East: A First Step for Regional Arms Control
Although the goal of ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is receiving increased attention, it remains a distant prospect. Achieving such an ambitious goal will require a series of incremental steps even to begin the process....
Controlling Proliferation: An Interview with Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman
Thomas Countryman took office as assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation on September 27, 2011. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1982. While serving in the U.S. mission to the United Nations in the mid-1990s,...
Hurdles for Arms Trade Treaty Underscored
U.S. officials last month emphasized the need for an arms trade treaty (ATT) while acknowledging its possible limitations and the obstacles to agreement on the pact, which is to be negotiated July 2-27 at the United Nations.The officials made their comments...
India Announces Successful Agni-5 Test
The Indian government announced on April 19 that it had successfully conducted the first test of the nuclear-capable Agni-5 ballistic missile.The Agni-5 is the first Indian ballistic missile capable of reaching almost the entire Chinese landmass, including...
IN MEMORIAM: Stanley R. Resor (1917-2012)
Stanley Rogers Resor, who served as a soldier, lawyer, secretary of the Army, arms control negotiator, and chairman of the Arms Control Association (ACA) Board of Directors, died April 17 at his home in Washington, D.C., at the age of 94. Stan touched...
Iran Nuclear Diplomacy: Still the Best Option
After a long delay, serious negotiations to resolve concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions and its growing capacity to enrich uranium appear to be back on track. Although no breakthrough was achieved, the April 14 round of talks with Iran in Istanbul...
Materials Secured at Former Soviet Test Site
Kazakhstan, Russia, and the United States have made significant progress in a previously secret cooperative effort to secure nuclear materials at a former Soviet nuclear test site, the three countries said in a march 26 joint announcement at the nuclear...
N. Korea Launches Rocket, Kills U.S. Deal
Defying international warnings, North Korea on April 13 fired a three-stage Unha-3 rocket with the aim of launching a satellite into orbit. The rocket failed and exploded into about 20 pieces over the West Sea (Yellow Sea) between the Korean peninsula...
Osirak and Its Lessons for Iran Policy
As the international community seeks to stave offan Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program, policymakers would do well to draw lessons from the first attack to destroy a nuclear facility, Israel's bombing of Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor on June 7,...
P5+1 and Iran Hold 'Positive' Talks
Six world powers held talks with Iran over its nuclear program April 14 for the first time in 15 months and produced what both sides said were "positive" results.U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had said during an April 1 interview with...
Reports Raise Missile Defense Concerns
As the Obama administration moves ahead with its missile defense plans in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region, questions are being raised about the military effectiveness of planned missile interceptors and sensors, such as the Standard...
Russia Back below Treaty's Warhead Limits
Russia is back under the nuclear warhead limit of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), according to the third data exchange with the United States under the treaty.According to the Russian-supplied figures, released April 6 by the U.S....
S. Africa Seoul Statement Affirms Rights on HEU
South Africa is not required to limit itself in the enrichment level of the uranium it uses in its nuclear program, as long as the purpose is peaceful, the country's leader said march 26.In a speech at the Seoul nuclear security summit, President Jacob...
South Korea Unveils New Missile
A week after a failed North Korean long-range rocket launch, South Korea on April 19 announced its deployment of a new cruise missile capable of hitting targets anywhere in North Korea."Now, our military has indigenously developed and deployed a cruise...
The NATO Summit: Recasting the Debate over U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe
During their April 18-19 meeting, NATO foreign and defense ministers agreed on the drafttext of the Deterrence and Defense Posture Review report. According to diplomatic sources, the draftcontains several elements to enable continued discussion toward...
U.S. Pushes Missile Defense in Mideast
As part of a broader U.S. effort to focus on Middle Eastern security, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said March 31 that "it is a U.S. priority" to help Persian Gulf states build regional missile interceptor systems to counter missiles...