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Bout Extradition: An Important Step, Next One is Arms Trade Treaty

It is welcome news that Viktor Bout, the so-called "Merchant of Death," is on a U.S.-bound plane from Thailand to face criminal charges. As the world's most high profile arms dealer, his extradition shows that it is possible for suspected weapons traffickers to face justice. This is cause for celebration, and also a reminder of why progress is needed on an Arms Trade Treaty and other measures to regulate the conventional arms trade. Bout was arrested in a U.S.-aided sting operation in March 2008 by Thai authorities, and indicted by the United States for trying to sell arms to Revolutionary...

John McCain: U.S. Should "Facilitate" Indian Missile Defense, Nuclear Subs

By Eric Auner About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see John McCain speak about the future of U.S.-India relations. Most of it was boilerplate material about oldest democracy/largest democracy and the need for stability in Asia. All of that's good, but he made a few points that merit a response. McCain had this to say: [T]here is no reason why we cannot work to facilitate India's deployment of advanced defense capabilities, such as nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers, missile defense architecture, as well as India's inclusion in the development of the Joint Strike Fighter. It is one...

From Hiroshima, Nobel Peace Laureates Call for Action Toward a World Without Nukes, Beginning with New START and CTBT

By Daryl G. Kimball Today in Hiroshima, the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates concluded with the reading of "The Hiroshima Declaration on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons" by 1997 Nobel prize recipient Jody Williams. The declaration notes that since the end of the Cold War, enormous progress toward the goal of a world without nuclear weapons has been achieved but " ... there are still enough nuclear weapons to destroy life on Earth many times over. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and the possibility of their use for acts of terrorism are additional causes for deep concern. The...

In any language, Nuevo START es vital para la seguridad nacional

By Daryl G. Kimball The United States Senate reconvenes next week for its post-election lame duck session and has an opportunity to overcome the partisan divide of the election season to support ratification of the New START . If they can agree to set aside two to three days for debate and a vote, the White House and Senate Republicans agree the treaty would be approved. Why? Because New START makes sense for U.S. national and international security in any language. Avis Bohlen, former George W. Bush administration assistant secretary of state for arms control, and I wrote an op-ed for the...

Provide for the Common Defense: Bolton and Yoo Attack New START

By Matt Sugrue There are certain openings that let you know that you're in for an experience: the first five minutes of the first Lord of the Rings film, Eli "Paperboy" Reed's soul scream at the start of the song "Come and Get It," or the first page of any Terry Pratchett novel. Added to that list is the introductory paragraph of the new John Bolton and John Yoo New York Times op-ed , The sweeping Democratic midterm losses last week raise serious questions for President Obama and a lame-duck Congress. Voters want government brought closer to the vision the framers outlined in the Constitution...

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...

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