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– Senator Joe Biden
January 28, 2004
The Week Ahead Sept. 30-Oct. 4: Iran diplomacy and Syria CW inspections

Arms Control NOW

WeekAheadSOLOThis bulletin highlights significant events in the world of arms control in the coming week, as compiled by staff and friends of the Arms Control Association. (Send your suggestions for events to be covered here.)

- Jefferson Morley,
Senior Editorial Consultant, Arms Control Today.

Netanyahu to Huddle With Obama

On Monday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Obama at the White House. On the agenda are Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and Israel's concerns about rapidly evolving nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

For more on Iran, see "Solving the Iranian Nuclear Puzzle," a September ACA Briefing Book.

Syria CW Inspections to Start

On Tuesday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Hague-based group that adopted an accelerated schedule for destroying Syria's chemical weapons, is expected to send in a team of about 20 inspectors to set up a base of operations, secure communications and other basic elements of the months-long project. The UN Security Council approved the deal on Friday.

For more on Syria and CW, see Sept. 19 ACA Issue Brief: "Seizing Control of Assad's Chemical Arsenal: U.S.-Russian Plan Is Difficult by Doable"

Senate Committee May Vote on Gottemoeller

On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee may vote on the nomination of Rose Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. At her confirmation hearing last week, Gottemoeller was grilled on a wide range of issues, including the just-signed Arms Trade Treaty.

For more on the ATT, see the Sept 25 Christian Science Monitor op-ed, "US signature on Arms Trade Treaty will help end wars and protect civilians," by Rachel Stohl and Daryl Kimball.