"I learned so much about arms control and disarmament at ACA! I learned more about arms control here in four months than I had in all three years at my college."

– Alicia Sanders-Zakre
Intern, Fall 2016
December 16, 2016
Project for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

Project for the CTBT Blog

The Project for the CTBT aims to support and coordinate the work of NGOs and policy, scientific and security experts in order to provide the public and policy-makers with sound information and analysis about the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The following updates provide news and analyses on the status of the treaty and work of the CTBT Organization. To receive these by email, subscribe to our regular updates list.

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  • North Korea Threatens More Nuclear Tests
    March 16, 2016
    As part of its response to tough new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council following its fourth nuclear test explosion on January 6, the Pyongyang regime has threatened a new round of nuclear tests and claims to have developed a warhead design small enough to load on a ballistic missile.
  • Japan Presses Egypt on the CTBT
    February 29, 2016
    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for an official visit to Japan from February 29 to March 2. According to a joint statement issued Feb. 29, they discussed a range of bilateral and international issues, including nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament and the CTBT.
  • George Schultz: U.S. Should Ratify CTBT "the sooner the better"
    February 23, 2016
    The United States should ratify the treaty banning nuclear tests “the sooner the better”, according to George Shultz, a former Republican presidential adviser known best as the Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan.
  • NGOs Urge Reinforcing the Norm Against Nuclear Testing
    February 11, 2016
    Noting that CTBT entry into force is, unfortunately, still many years away, a number of U.S.-based NGOs are actively pursuing a campaign aimed at UN Security Council members and other “Friends of the CTBT” states to pursue a non-binding UN Security Council resolution and a parallel UN General Assembly measure to reinforce the norm against testing.
  • Israel's Potential Future Ratification of the CTBT
    January 29, 2016
    On January 27, Israel’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Merav Zafary-Odiz, spoke of the country's commitment to a moratorium on nuclear testing and potential future ratification of the CTBT.
  • Looking Ahead in 2016
    January 19, 2016
    In 2009, the Arms Control Association launched this project to help disseminate information, ideas, and analysis about the “longest-sought, hardest-fought prize” in arms control—the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)—and the steps to bring it into force. Since then, we’ve seen progress in many areas. At the same time, there have been setbacks and disappointments.
  • North Korea's Fourth Nuclear Test: A Wake Up Call
    January 7, 2016
    On January 6, North Korea conducted its fourth underground nuclear weapons test explosion. The government in Pyongyang claims it conducted a successful test that “scientifically verified the power” of a small hydrogen bomb.
  • Blasts from the Past
    December 15, 2015
    This past October, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller visited several states where the United States conducted some of the 1,030 nuclear weapons test explosion before the end of nuclear weapons testing in September 1992. Her mission: to speak about the enduring value of the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)—which the United States was the first to sign but is still among the last few that has not yet ratified.
  • Japanese Prime Minister and Kazakh President Sign Joint Statement
    October 28, 2015
    On October 27, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed and adopted a joint statement in support of the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • Secretary Kerry Determined to "Reopen and Re-Energize" CTBT Debate
    October 22, 2015
    Secretary of State John Kerry refocused attention on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and its value to U.S. security with remarks about the treaty at the National Nuclear Security Administration in October 2015.