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LATEST PRESS RELEASES
(Washington, D. C.) Today, the Indonesian parliament approved the ratification of the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which bans all nuclear weapons test explosions and establishes a global system for detecting and deterring clandestine test explosions.
(Washington, D.C.) – Twenty-five years ago this month, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik, Iceland and moved to the verge of an agreement to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
In their article, “Reykjavik: When Abolition Was Within Reach,” in the October issue of Arms Control Today, Thomas Blanton and Svetlana Savranskaya of the National Security Archive at George Washington University delve into primary-source documents to fill out the historical picture of the October 11-12 summit.
In the midst of proposals for renewing international talks with Iran over the nuclear issue and ahead of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) quarterly board meeting in which Iran's cooperation with the agency would again come under fire, Arms Control Today (ACT) interviewed Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's representative to the IAEA, about the current impasse.
(New York/Washington) -- At a meeting of more than 100 senior government officials at the United Nations to discuss pathways to bring the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty into force, a diverse set of nongovernmental nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament leaders, as well as former government officials and diplomats are calling on all states to translate their words of support for the Treaty into concrete action.
By Hazel R. O'Leary and Daryl G. Kimball
The following piece was originally published in the LA Times on September 14, 2011.
It's been signed and ratified by 154 member countries; the United States is one of just nine key nations that hasn't ratified it. The Senate can change that — and should do so now.
(Washington, D.C.) A Middle Eastern zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction “is not only an aspirational goal, but a matter of practical urgency,” Patricia Lewis and William C. Potter of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies say in “The Long Journey Toward a WMD-Free Middle East,” the opening article for a special section of five essays on the zone by nonproliferation and regional experts in the September issue of Arms Control Today.
By Greg Thielmann, Senior Fellow, Arms Control Association
The following piece was originally posted online at The Des Moines Register on August 4, 2011.
Washington is obsessed these days with reducing the deficit. The GOP presidential contenders crisscrossing Iowa give prominence to the issue as well. But even as they call for ever deeper budget cuts, they have been reluctant to look at trimming the $27 billion annual cost of operating and maintaining our bloated Cold War nuclear arsenal and the $125 billion planned for building new weapons in the decade ahead.
By Tom Collina, Research Director, Arms Control Association
The following entry was originally posted on The Hill's Congress Blog on August 2, 2011.
As the dust settles on the just-passed budget deal, one thing is becoming clear: there is now high-level bipartisan agreement that the U.S. defense budget will be reduced in a major way, anywhere from $350 to $850 billion over the next decade, according to the White House. And despite defense hawk grumblings, reductions of this magnitude can actually make America safer by forcing leaders to cancel low-priority programs and focus on the ones that really matter. It’s time to get serious about our top security priorities and cut the dead wood.
(Washington, D.C.) More than two dozen nuclear experts and former senior government officials are calling on NATO "to declare a more limited role for its nuclear capabilities that would help open the way for overdue changes to its Cold War-era policy of forward-basing U.S. tactical nuclear weapons. This would help facilitate another, post-New START round of reductions, which should involve of all types of Russian and U.S. nuclear weapons."
(Washington, D.C.) The director of the independent Arms Control Association praised last week's decision by the 46-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to tighten its guidelines regarding the transfer of uranium enrichment and spent fuel reprocessing facilities, equipment and technology.
(Washington, D.C.) A report released today on the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe finds that upcoming NATO policy decisions about the approximately 180 remaining warheads on five European NATO bases will affect relations among NATO members, and help determine the pace and shape of the next round of U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reductions.
(Washington, D.C.) Marking the second anniversary of President Barack Obama’s historic nuclear policy speech in Prague, Arms Control Today, the journal of the Arms Control Association, conducted an exclusive interview with Gary Samore, White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction terrorism. The interview, which appears in the May issue, is now available to journalists and ACT subscribers.
(Washington, D.C.) A report released today on the first anniversary of the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit finds that states are on track to meeting their commitments to improve the security of nuclear-weapons usable materials worldwide and reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism.
(Washington, D.C.) As the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) seeks to support President Barack Obama's goals of ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and preventing nuclear terrorism, Arms Control Today, the journal of the Arms Control Association, has conducted an exclusive interview with NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. The interview, which will appear in the April issue of the magazine, is now available to journalists and ACT subscribers.
On the eve of talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Istanbul, a diverse group of diplomats, arms control experts, Iran experts, democracy and human rights defenders, and leading Iranian-American, Jewish-American, and pro-peace organizations issued a statement urging the Obama Administration to reinvigorate diplomacy with Iran.
At last year's successful Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, states-parties agreed to make the "utmost efforts" to establish the Middle East as a weapons of mass destruction-free zone. The Review Conference's unanimous Final Declaration both called for an international conference to discuss a possible WMD-free zone in the Middle East and reiterated a call for Israel to join the NPT.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that the Arms Control Association has been selected as a recipient of their Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Today's Senate vote to approve ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is a victory for common sense arms control solutions to reduce the dangers posed by the world's most dangerous weapons.
New START enjoys overwhelming support from newspapers across the country. The Arms Control Association has assembled a comprehensive list of their editorials and op-eds in support of the treaty.