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Disarmament Diplomacy

Issue No. 39, July - August 1999

Editor's Introduction

The latest edition of Disarmament Diplomacy reflects on a hectic two months in the arms control world. Documents and Sources features material from the report of the Tokyo Forum of arms control experts, unproductive discussions between the US and Russia on disarmament priorities, a draft nuclear-weapons doctrine issued by the Indian Government, the latest exchanges in the debate over US ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, a UN Security Council resolution on children in armed conflict, and a UN report containing proposals to counter the proliferation of small arms. News Review includes coverage of the 54th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan, a Congressional report critical of US non-proliferation policy, the continuing repercussions of the Cox Report into alleged Chinese nuclear espionage in America, a Chinese ballistic missile test and concern at the prospect of another such test by North Korea, and the latest fruitless exchanges at the UN over the future direction of policy towards Iraq. In her final Geneva Update of the year, Rebecca Johnson reports on the depressing conclusion of a forlorn year at the Conference on Disarmament.

The issue also features two guest contributions. From the University of Georgia, Anupam Srivastava considers the prospects of Russia being prized away from its current, staunch defence of the Anti- Ballistic Missile Treaty, and assesses the likely strategic and arms control impact of any weakening of the Treaty. Graham Pearson, Visiting Professor at Bradford University's Department of Peace Studies, summarises the latest, encouraging progress towards agreeing a verification Protocol for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.

Farewell to Sean Howard

After nearly four years as Editor of Disarmament Diplomacy, Dr. Sean Howard is leaving for Nova Scotia. As its founding Editor, Sean has guided Disarmament Diplomacy through political change and crashing computers with calm sense and good humour. The staff and board of the Acronym Institute wish Sean and Lee-Anne the very best in their new life in Canada. Fortunately, due to the wonders of modern communications, Sean will not be entirely lost to us, so you may see his name here in the future.

© 1999 The Acronym Institute.

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