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. 9, November

Arab States Look to WMD Meeting in 2012
The Arab League expects all countries in the Middle East to attend a December 2012 conference on creating a zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in that region and demonstrate a commitment of "political will" despite current destabilizing developments...
BOOK REVIEW: South Asia's Distinctive Arms Race
BOOK REVIEW: South Asia's Distinctive Arms RaceEating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb By Feroz H. Khan Stanford University Press, 2012, 552 pagesManaging India's Nuclear Forces By Verghese Koithara Brookings Institution Press, 2012, 314 pp.The...
CTBTO Picks Lassina Zerbo as Next Head
The member states of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) last month chose Lassina Zerbo of Burkina Faso to succeed Tibor Tóth as executive secretary when Tóth's term expires next year.After the...
Dealing with Syria's Dangerous Arsenals
The current situation in Syria poses severe and perhaps unprecedented risks: a country with large stockpiles of nonconventional weapons is undergoing a violent revolution that could topple its government and dissolve the security measures for those weapons.An...
Iran Says Talks to Resume in November
High-level negotiations between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's controversial nuclear program will resume in November after the U.S. presidential election, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said at an Oct. 21 press conference. An exact...
New ATT Plan Advances
Three months after a July UN diplomatic conference failed to reach consensus on a new treaty to regulate the conventional arms trade, a group of key states has offered a new proposal at the United Nations for a follow-up conference to be held in early...
Nuclear Security Bill Stalled in Senate
Legislation that aims to help prevent nuclear terrorism and improve nuclear security is stalled in the Senate after the introduction of an amendment proposed by Judiciary Committee ranking member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).Grassley's amendment would allow...
Nunn-Lugar Program's Future Uncertain
In a potential setback for U.S.-Russian relations, Moscow said in October that it would not sign an agreement drafted by the United States to extend the two countries' 20-year partnership to dismantle and secure Russian weapons, materials, and delivery...
Scots Seek Legal Ban on Nuclear Weapons
The Scottish National Party (SNP) will seek a constitutional ban on nuclear weapons if a scheduled 2014 referendum on Scottish independence is successful, Scottish First minister and leader of the SNP Alex Salmond said last month.In an Oct. 6 statement...
South Korea Extends Missile Range
South Korea announced on Oct. 7 it had reached an agreement with the United States that will allow Seoul to extend the range of its ballistic missiles to 800 kilometers with a 500-kilogram payload, an increase the governments of both countries say is...
Strains Seen in Japan's Plutonium Policy
Japan's recently proposed energy strategy is not clear on how to address fundamental policy questions on the country's approach to spent nuclear fuel, reprocessing, and plutonium use, a Japanese official and a U.S. nuclear expert said in interviews last...
The NSG Decision on Sensitive Nuclear Transfers: ABACC and the Additional Protocol
On a windy day in June 2011, near the shores of the Dutch village of Noordwijk, representatives of the 46 countries that make up the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) agreed on a much-discussed revision of the section of the group's guidelines covering exports...
Toward a WMD-Free Middle East
By the end of this year, representatives from more than a dozen Middle Eastern states may come together for an unprecedented meeting in Helsinki on creating a zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Given their history of conflict; the presence...
U.S. Officials Detail Cyber Policy
U.S. officials in recent weeks have given stark descriptions of the threat to the United States and other countries from cyberattacks and have provided new details on the principles that they say will govern U.S. behavior in responding to the threat.Separately,...
U.S. Pushes Missile Defense Globally
The United States in recent months has taken steps to expand missile defense capabilities in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, with the declared goal of countering developing missile programs in North Korea and Iran.China and Russia, however, say this...
U.S. Remains above New START Limits
The latest data exchange under the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) indicates gradual progress by the United States in drawing down its nuclear arsenal and a substantial numerical gap between U.S. and Russian forces.For deployed nuclear...