The Arms Control Association works to keep the public and the press informed about breaking arms control developments. Below you will find information about our many events and press releases.
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Ten months ago, the government of Bashar al-Assad launched a horrific Sarin gas attack that killed over 1,000 civilians on the outskirts of Damascus. The August 21 attack prompted the United States and Russia to strike an agreement that put into motion an expeditious plan for accounting, inspection, control, and elimination of Syria’s deadly arsenal under the auspices of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
(Washington, D.C.)--A new proposal published today by four Princeton University researchers in the journal Arms Control Today offers possible solutions for how the P5+1 powers (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and Iran can resolve their differences on one of the most difficult elements in a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program: limits on uranium-enrichment capacity.
(Washington, D.C.) A new article published in the May issue of Arms Control Today finds that the world's nine nuclear-armed states still possess more than 10,000 nuclear warheads combined, and are all seeking to modernize their arsenals. According to the article, the trend has riled a growing number of signatories to the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which obligates states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
(Washington, D.C.) A new report by a 21-member experts commission recommends practical, modest steps that the United States, NATO and Russia could take to further reduce nuclear arms, both strategic and non-strategic, and to resolve long-standing differences over missile defense and the regulation of conventional military forces in Europe.
(Washington, D.C.)--Today the independent, non-partisan Arms Control Association (ACA) applauded the Senate's long-awaited confirmation of Rose Gottemoeller as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, and called on the Obama administration and Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate to work together to address the wide-range of challenging weapons-related security issues facing the nation.
(Washington, D.C.) As 53 states prepare to meet in The Hague March 24-25 for the third Nuclear Security Summit, a new report released today by the Arms Control Association (ACA) and the Partnership for Global Security (PGS), finds that multilateral initiatives from the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit are improving targeted areas of nuclear security, but more ambitious initiatives are needed to address the lack of transparency and regime cohesion in the global nuclear security system.
(Washington, D.C.) March 1 is the anniversary of one of the most controversial and harmful of the United States' 1,030 nuclear weapons test explosions: the 15-megaton atmospheric thermonuclear shot code-named "Castle Bravo" over Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
(Washington, D.C.) Experts with the independent Arms Control Association called the agreement between the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, plus Germany) and Iran an "historic breakthrough" in the decade-old impasse over Iran's nuclear program and a "net plus for nuclear nonproliferation and international security."
(Washington, D.C.)--Leaders from the Washington-based Arms Control Association (ACA) welcomed the Nobel Committee's decision to award their 2013 Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons."
(Washington, D.C.)--After a historic phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last month, President Obama said he believes that a comprehensive agreement can be reached on Iran's nuclear program. As international leaders prepare for a new round of talks with Tehran in Geneva, the non-partisan Arms Control Association has updated its comprehensive, user-friendly guide to Iran's nuclear program and its capabilities, and the risks, benefits, and limitations of the available policy options.
(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.
(Washington, D.C.)-As President Barack Obama and other world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, a wide array of human rights, development, religious, and security organizations are urging the United States to sign the new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
(Washington, D.C.)-The election of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran provides a new and important opening for the United States and its P5+1 partners to secure an agreement that limits its nuclear capabilities in exchange for easing tough international sanctions.
Today, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reached agreement on a detailed plan for the expeditious accounting, inspection, control, and elimination of Syria’s sizable arsenal of chemical weapons, with provision for enforcement by the UN Security Council.
For reporters tracking the evolving story on Syria and diplomatic efforts to bring its chemical weapons under international control, the following resources are available on the Arms Control Association website.
The Arms Control Association (ACA) and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted a panel that assessed Iran's nuclear capabilities and examined the elements required for a deal that could provide both sides with a "win-win" outcome.