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The 2008 Chemical Weapons Convention Review Conference Reader

A collection of articles, essays and interviews on the threats posed by chemical weapons. Includes interviews with Ambassador Rogelio Pfirter and Ambassador Donald A. Mahley. The reader focuses on the future of chemical weapons control effors, including destruction deadlines, threats to treaty effectiveness, and Chemical Weapons Convention universality. Contributors include Oliver Meier, Daniel Feakes, John Hart, Jonathan B. Tucker, Ralf Trapp and Kyle M. Ballard.

What Are Nuclear Weapons For? Recommendations For Restructuring U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces

Updated October 2007

By Sidney D. Drell and James E. Goodby

The U.S. and Russia have agreed to cooperatively reduce their large nuclear stockpiles. The report recommends that the U.S. reduce its arsenal to 500 operational deployed warheads, with 500 warheads in a responsive force, by 2012. These reductions would be made in concert with Russian warhead reductions. The authors specifically outline where and how the remaining warheads should be deployed.

The 2006 Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference Reader

In this reader, leading experts summarize new and old dangers associated with biological weapons and recommend ways of addressing them. The reader includes an interview with Ambassador Masood Khan, the designated president of the 2006 BWC review conference. Other contributors include Oliver Meier, John Borrie, Nicholas A. Sims, Trevor Findlay, Nicolas Isla, Iris Hunger, Jonathan B. Tucker, Roger Roffey, John Hart, Frida Kuhlau, Mark Wheelis, and Christopher F. Chyba.

Major Proposals to Strengthen the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: A Resource Guide

By Claire Applegarth and Rhianna Tyson 
Arms Control Association and Women's International League for Peace & Freedom

What Are Nuclear Weapons For? Recommendations for Restructuring U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces

By Sidney D. Drell and James E. Goodby

Full Proceedings of the Paul C. Warnke Conference on the Past, Present & Future of Arms Control

Ambassador Paul C. Warnke was a leading proponent of arms control, most notably serving as the director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Jimmy Carter. The purpose of this conference was to explore vital issues that Warnke devoted his career to addressing and the solutions he championed. In addition to highlighting the impact of previous arms control efforts, the conference also aimed to present new ideas of concepts about how to best tackle the evolving threats to international peace and security posed by nuclear weapons.

More Security Needed at Russian Nuke Facilities

Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev called for more money to beef up security at Russia’s nuclear facilities during a Duma meeting March 5, requesting increased funding to safeguard installations, monitor radioactive materials, and hire more guards.

Rumyantsev requested 6.5 billion rubles (about $207 million) to upgrade safety and security conditions at nuclear and chemical facilities, according to a March 5 Interfax report. “Everything boils down to money,” Rumyantsev told the lawmakers. He said, however, that nuclear safety in Russia is currently “satisfactory.”

A memorandum to the Duma from the Russian federal nuclear and radiation supervisory commission presented a more urgent appeal for funding. Citing 100 abandoned radioactive sources, such as major medical facilities, over the past year in Russia, the report documented “serious flaws” in security around nuclear installations, according to Interfax. The memorandum described accounting, control, and protection of missile materials as incomplete and noted that, in the absence of paid security personnel from the Russian interior ministry, the facilities are “guarded by non-departmental security personnel, in essence—unarmed pensioners or women.” At the Duma hearing, commission head Yuri Vishnevsky stressed, “There can be no more delays.”

Governments worldwide have expressed concern about the vulnerability of Russia’s nuclear installations, noting that terrorists could use gaps in security at the facilities to steal material. The United States and Russia established the Cooperative Threat Reduction program in 1991 to secure and destroy Russia’s weapons of mass destruction and related materials, and an initiative launched in June 2002 by the Group of Eight aims to help Russia secure more of its fissile material and facilities over the next decade. (See ACT, July/August 2002.)


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