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New START and Dr. Rice's "Caveats"

By Rob Golan-Vilella This morning, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed , former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined the growing chorus of voices calling for the New START treaty to be ratified. Dr. Rice is the sixth Republican former Secretary of State to support the treaty, coming on the heels of last week's endorsement from Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, and Colin Powell in The Washington Post . Dr. Rice correctly notes in arguing for the treaty that: The treaty is modest, reducing offensive nuclear weapons to 1,550 on each side—more than enough for...

Seeking Nominations: Arms Control Person(s) of the Year

By Jeff Abramson The Arms Control Association seeks nominations for its annual Arms Control Person(s) of the Year competition. Past winners include: Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) ( 2009 ), Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and his ministry's Director-General for Security Policy and the High North Steffen Kongstad ( 2008 ), and U.S. Congressmen Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) and David Hobson (R-Ohio) ( 2007 ). In a year that featured the signing of a new strategic arms treaty, entry into force of a major conventional arms treaty, an unprecedented nuclear security summit, consensus at the...

Romney Is Wrong on New START (Again)

By Daryl G. Kimball Once-upon-a-time presidential candidate, Mitt Romney has once again urged the Senate to "Stop New START." Once again he shows he's getting some bad advice. Romney's latest column in The Boston Globe is full of misrepresentations, factual errors, and it ignores the very obvious benefits of re-establishing verifiable limits on Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal. As a public service, here is a reality-check on Mr. Romney's assertions. You can find more in our New START guide, "The Case for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty," available online here: http://www.armscontrol...

Wikileaks Revelations and the Dual Track Strategy of Dealing with Iran

By Alfred Nurja As the U.S. and others prepare to restart negotiations with Iran this Monday , the Wikileaks revelations on the alleged bellicosity of Arab views toward Iran provide some interesting insights about the viability of the current international strategy for resolving the Iranian nuclear puzzle. (Marc Lynch provided some useful context this week - see here and here - on what to make of these revelations.) The international community has been pursuing a dual track strategy of sanctions and engagement with Iran ever since the IAEA first reported Iran's nuclear file to the UN Security...

Missile Defense Cooperation Is Not Missile Defense Limitation

By Daryl G. Kimball The Washington Times is running a misleading story this morning that mischaracterizes the discussions between the United States and Russia on potential cooperation on missile defense, implying that these "secret" talks could "limit" missile defense, and suggesting that Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Gates denied that the United States and Russia were discussing the issue of missile defense cooperation. In reality: 1. The Obama administration has been open about its efforts to discuss cooperative efforts with Russia on missile defense, just as the...

Insight on the Missile Threat from Leaked SECRET Cable

By Greg Thielmann Bilateral interagency discussions about Iranian and North Korean missiles with a Russian delegation in Washington on December 22, 2009, revealed significant differences between U.S. and Russian assessments of the threat, according to a SECRET State Department cable released by Wikileaks. The substance of the detailed discussions challenged some of the missile threat estimate timelines most commonly heard in U.S. political circles. The cable also revealed a highly professional and courteous exchange of views, which suggests future potential for narrowing of differences...

The Status of Iran's Nuclear and Missile Programs: Complete Transcript and Power Point Slides Available

By Alfred Nurja The Arms Control Association has just put up the full transcript and slides from our November 22 event "The Status of Iran's Nuclear and Missile Program," part of ACA's Solving the Iranian Nuclear Puzzle Project. Stay tuned for ACA's upcoming Iran briefing on "Pathways Towards a Diplomatic Solution" in early January. To read the full transcript please click here: http://www.armscontrol.org/events/IranNuclearStatus For a link to the PowerPoint presentation by Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center and former Deputy Director General of the IAEA, click here: http...

Sen. Kyl Attempts to Kill New START with More Quibbles About Obama's $85b Nuclear Weapons Complex Plan

By Daryl G. Kimball In his latest attempt to delay New START in order to 'earmark' still more funding for the well-funded weapons labs, Senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have sent a 5-page letter (PDF) to fellow Republican Senators outlining their remaining (minor) "concerns" and peculiar interpretation of reality regarding the updated version of the Obama administration's so-called "Section 1251 Plan" on maintaining and upgrading the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) programs to maintain the shrinking number of U.S. nuclear weapons over the coming decade...

Iranian Missile and Nuclear Threat Not Imminent, Experts Conclude During November 22 Discussion Sponsored by ACA

By Alfred Nurja The Arms Control Association hosted a briefing on the Status of Iranian Nuclear and Missile Program yesterday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. This was the first in a series of four briefings designed to analyze the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program and explore ways to deal with it. The highlights from the session that appear below are based on notes and are not direct quotations. Stay tuned for the release of the full transcript. Olli Heinonen , former IAEA Deputy Director General and head of the Safeguards Division, oversaw the Agency's efforts to...

North Korea's Uranium Enrichment Gambit Signals Trouble Ahead and the Need for Active U.S Engagement with Pyongyang

By Daryl G. Kimball Like his predecessors, President Barack Obama is learning the hard way that the only thing worse than negotiating with North Korea is not negotiating with North Korea. North Korea has violated nearly every nonproliferation rule on the books and then some. ACA's October 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Report Card gave North Korea a grade of "F," but as we cautioned, Washington and other capitals need to resume the stalled Six-Party denuclearization process to prevent the North Korean situation from worsening still further. Indeed, with former Los Alamos Lab Director Siegfried...

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