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. 6, July/August

Arms Trade Treaty Talks Set to Begin
Delegates gathering at the United Nations this month to negotiate a treaty regulating the international arms trade will have to resolve a number of issues concerning the pact's objectives and scope that remain unsettled since the UN General Assembly...
Financial Interdictions to Curb Proliferation
Over the past four decades, the world has gotten several glimpses of the illicit procurement methods used to support nuclear programs: Iraq's diversion in the 1980s of agricultural loan funds into its nuclear procurement program, the payment schemes...
House Passes Nuclear Security Bill
The house of Representatives on June 28 passed legislation required to bring the United States into compliance with two international treaties that improve nuclear material security and enhance measures to prevent nuclear terrorism.Efforts to implement...
Iran, P5+1 Move to Technical Talks
Senior-level talks between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program are on hold, as the lead representatives from the two sides decided in Moscow on June 18-19 to wait to schedule a fourth round of negotiations until after a lower-level...
Israel Has Nuclear-Armed Sub, Report Says
Deepening long-held suspicions about a sensitive aspect of German-Israeli military cooperation, Der Spiegel magazine reported in its June 4 issue that Israel has deployed nuclear-armed cruise missiles aboard submarines built and subsidized by Germany.Israel,...
Key Senator May Oppose New Treaties
A key Republican senator who voted for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) threatened to block future treaties, citing what he said was the failure of the Obama administration to keep its promise, made in talks with the Senate over New...
Missile Control: An Interview with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Vann Van Diepen
Vann Van Diepen has been principal deputy assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation since June 2009. He has worked for 30 years on issues relating to nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and their delivery systems....
New Draft of Space Code Released
The European Union circulated a new draftof its proposed international code of conduct for outer space activities at its first international meeting of governmental experts June 5 in Vienna.The code, which would not be legally binding, would establish...
NSG Still Mulling Indian Membership
The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) continued discussions on admitting India to the group, but apparently remained divided on the issue during its annual plenary meeting last month in Seattle.In a statement released June 22, the last day of the meeting,...
Nuclear-Weapon States Meet in Washington
Officials from the five original nuclear-weapon states reaffirmed their "shared goal of nuclear disarmament" in a joint statement issued at the end of a June 27-29 meeting in Washington designed in part to review the progress on commitments made at the...
Plans for Syrian Chemical Stocks Drafted
Amid ongoing concerns about the fate of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, officials in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East are making plans to secure it once the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad falls.The U.S. military has...
Pursue the Diplomatic Track on Iran
Nearly 10 years have elapsed since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran had secretly built a uranium-enrichment facility. Nearly seven years have passed since talks between Iran and the European Union stalled and Iran resumed...
Sanctions Seen Slowing N. Korea Progress
Although North Korea continues "actively to defy" UN Security Council resolutions, international sanctions "appeared to have slowed" the country's activities in areas such as development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, according to a report...
Sanctions Tighten on Iran
Additional U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's banking and oil sectors went into effect June 28, further restricting Iran's ability to export oil and isolating the country from the international financial system.The U.S. sanctions, which are intended to...
Senate Panel Takes Up Law of Sea Treaty
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held hearings in may and June on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which drew strong support from Obama administration officials and Democratic senators but sharp opposition from most Republicans on the panel.The...
The Iranian Nuclear Dispute: Origins and Current Options
After a pause of more than a year, the seven countries that are holding talks on Iran's nuclear program resumed their discussions in April, with subsequent meetings in May and June. As the countries-Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia,...
The Rocky Road of Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran
It soon will be a decade since the West-initially the EU-3 of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, later joined by China, Russia, and the United States to form the P5+1-embarked on a diplomatic process in 2003 to find a negotiated solution to the...