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Cluster Munitions Treaty Celebrates Milestone - First States-Parties Meeting

H. E. Mr. Nawaf Salam, Ambassador and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Lebanon, deposits Lebanon's instrument of ratification at the United Nations. Photo credit: UN Photo By Jeff Abramson Starting today, the country most affected by cluster munitions – Laos – will play host to the first meeting of states-parties on the Convention on Cluster Munitions. And last week, Lebanon --the country in which the use of cluster munitions helped galvanize the movement that led to the treaty--ratified the convention just in time to attend as a full partner. Both countries may face challenges* in...

Debating Missile Defense

During the final panel of ACA's "Next Steps in Arms Control" conference today, the discussion turned to missile defense. Panelists discussed the upcoming NATO summit in Lisbon, the Obama administration's Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA), and the prospects for NATO-Russia cooperation on missile defense. Eric Desautels, Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher, began by striking an upbeat tone on the Lisbon summit. He said that U.S. efforts to convince NATO to adopt a comprehensive missile defense program had been very well received by America's allies in Europe. He described the...

Gottemoeller on New START

At today's ACA / Böll Foundation event , Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller delivered the keynote address. She focused on the New START agreement, both making the case for its prompt ratification in the post-election session and providing an assessment of where the process stands now. Among the points she raised were: New START does not limit missile defenses. Here, Gottemoeller quoted Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. General Patrick O'Reilly, who stated that compared to the original START accord, New START actually reduces constraints on America's missile defenses. The Obama...

Live From Carnegie: Next Steps in Arms Control

Today, the Arms Control Association, along with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, is hosting a conference on " Next Steps in Arms Control: Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense, and NATO " at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Arms Control Now will feature some of the conference's highlights. __ So far, one of the major topics has been the broader state of the US-Russian bilateral relationship. In the first panel, Ambassador Richard Burt was especially direct on this point. He noted that over the past two years, Presidents Obama and Medvedev have built a very close working...

Obama's Message to India: Proliferation Violations Don't Have Consequences

By Daryl G. Kimball Today in Mumbai, President Barack Obama told U.S.-Indian business leaders that he would seek India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)--the nuclear technology control organization established in 1975 in response to India's first nuclear weapon test blast, which used plutonium produced with nuclear technology from Canada and the United States. According the official NSG Web site , India's 1974 test explosion "demonstrated that peaceful nuclear technology transferred for peaceful purposes could be misused." U.S. support for Indian membership in the NSG undermines...

Nuclear Deja Vu All Over Again: "Daisy Girl" Ad Revived to Move the Senate to Act on New START

By Daryl G. Kimball A 21st Century version of Lyndon Johnson's 1964 "Daisy Girl" campaign ad has been produced by the American Values Network in an effort to urge the Senate to provide its advice and consent for ratification of New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Like its predecessor , the new commercial features a young girl plucking petals off a daisy. Her petal counting shifts to a missile launch countdown with the camera zooming into her eye to show a mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion. The ad comes on the eve of a new push for New START approval during the Senate's post-election...

New START After the Mid-Term Election

By Daryl G. Kimball Following the Nov. 2 U.S. mid-term election, Congressional leaders and the White House now must shift from campaign mode to governing mode. That will be tough for many, but is necessary for the health and security of the nation. Congress will reconvene on November 15 for a post-election "lame duck" session. Senators might start working together on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ( New START ), one of the few domestic or foreign policy issues upon which there is a modicum of bipartisan agreement consensus. If Senate leaders agree to spare 2-3 days for floor debate...

Under Obama, U.S. Nuclear Alert Policy Still Stuck in the Cold War

By Daryl Kimball In a September 2008 Arms Control Today Presidential Q & A , then-candidate for president Barack Obama committed "to working with Russia and other nuclear-armed states to make deep cuts in global [nuclear weapons] stockpiles by the end of my first term." He went on to say, "As a first step, I will seek Russia's agreement to extend essential monitoring and verification provisions of the START I before it expires in December 2009." Obama has fulfilled that pledge with the negotiation and active support for New START, which is awaiting Senate approval for ratification next...

School's In: The ACA Nuclear Report Card

By Scoville Fellow Rob Golan-Vilella What is the "mainstream" in the nuclear nonproliferation regime? What are the standards that countries are expected to meet? And are crucial nations living up to these expectations? These questions are the subject of a new Arms Control Association report, Assessing Progress on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: 2009-2010 Report Card , written by Peter Crail with assistance from ACA research staff. The report was released yesterday at an event at the National Press Club. At the release, Peter, ACA Executive Director Daryl Kimball, and the Carnegie...

Schwarzenegger: Ratify New START

By Eric Auner As if the support from national security officials , former nuclear commanders , and numerous editorial boards wasn't enough, Arnold Schwarzenegger has now joined the ranks of New START supporters. He recently told a meeting of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (video available at link, New START section begins at around the eighteen minute mark): Well, let me just tell you that the most excited I'm about is -- and I'm asking Congress to pass --is the agreement to reduce our nuclear weapons. This, I think, is the most important thing, because we can talk from here to eternity...

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