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"In my home there are few publications that we actually get hard copies of, but [Arms Control Today] is one and it's the only one my husband and I fight over who gets to read it first."

– Suzanne DiMaggio
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
April 15, 2019
United States
  • July 1, 2020

    Seventy-five years ago, on July 16, the United States detonated the world’s first nuclear weapons test explosion in the New Mexican desert. Just three weeks later, U.S. Air Force B-29 bombers executed surprise atomic bomb attacks on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing at least 214,000 people by the end of 1945, and injuring untold thousands more who died in the years afterward.

  • July 1, 2020

    If the White House will not rule out the option of conducting new nuclear tests, Congress should step in to ensure that such testing is not an option the president may exercise unilaterally, now or in the future.

  • June 26, 2020
    Latest U.S.-Russia talks in Vienna make no progress on an extension of New START, and the Trump administration keeps pushing for China to join trilateral arms control talks with Russia. Okinawa rejects possibility of hosting U.S. intermediate-range missiles. Open Skies Treaty states-parties to virtually gather in July.
  • June 26, 2020
    Though concerning, possible violations of arms-related provisions of Resolution 2231 by Iran are not grounds for the unilateral U.S. actions to prevent the embargo’s expiration.
  • June 19, 2020

    The Trump administration is now considering conducting a nuclear test for political signaling purposes, as a ploy in future arms talks with Russia and China. Worse, the Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee authorized $10 million specifically for a nuclear test blast if ordered by President Trump. Key Senators and members of the House are pushing back but they need to hear your support for prohibiting funding for nuclear testing.

  • June 16, 2020

    The Trump administration is weighing whether to conduct a nuclear test explosion as a negotiating standpoint as it seeks an arms control agreement with Russia and China. Making matters worse, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to authorize $10 million to execute a nuclear test if necessary.

  • June 15, 2020
  • June 10, 2020
  • June 5, 2020
    While the Chemical Weapons Convention bans the use of toxic chemicals in warfare because they do not discriminate between combatants and non-combatants, but carves out an exception for their use for "domestic riot control purposes" despite their indiscriminate use against non-violent protestors and those engaged in acts of violence alike.
  • June 4, 2020
    On May 15, the Trump administration reportedly discussed conducting an explosive nuclear test, which the United States has not done since 1992.
  • June 1, 2020

    Three and a half years since taking office, the Trump administration has failed to develop, let alone pursue, a coherent nuclear arms control strategy. The administration’s official nuclear policy document, the “2018 Nuclear Posture Review,” barely discusses arms control as a risk reduction tool.

  • June 1, 2020

    The Trump administration’s plan to ramp up production of plutonium is unnecessary and likely to exceed current budget and schedule goals.

  • June 1, 2020

    Citing Russian noncompliance, the Trump administration has triggered the Open Skies Treaty’s withdrawal provision.

  • June 1, 2020

    Officials have agreed on a venue to discuss arms control, but not an agenda.

  • June 1, 2020

    U.S. national security officials discussed the possibility of resuming U.S. nuclear testing for political purposes, but have made no decision so far.

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