Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is a non profit, non partisan policy organization that produces research and analysis on numerous peace and security issues. The Center was established in 1980 after having been known as the Council for a Livable World Education Fund for several years. The Council for a Livable World was founded in 1962 by eminent nuclear physicist Leo Szilard and other scientists who worked in the pioneer days of atomic weapons. Today, the Center provides a vehicle for research and analysis on weapons of mass destruction issues consistent with Leo Szilard’s founding vision and has also expanded into other areas of international security. The Center is located in Washington, D.C. [ Council for a Livable World: About page]

The Center's executive director is John Isaacs, who has had a long career of arms control advocacy and research in Washington, D.C. and who also served as a foreign service officer in Vietnam.


The Center works on its issues in four ways:

Monitoring – The Center tracks activities and developments in government and policy circles.

Informing – Through its website, email service, press releases, video and podcasts, media appearances, and publications, the Center informs academics, activists, policymakers, and the press about actions taking place in the U.S. government.

Educating – The Center arranges for experts to brief government policymakers, members of Congress, congressional staff members and several analysts have been called to give expert testimonies at congressional hearings, such as Biological and Chemical Weapons Control Program Director Dr. Alan Pearson's testimony [ The House Committee on Energy and Commerce list of witnesses] regarding the development of chemical weapons. [ [ Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation: Germs, Viruses, and Secrets: The Silent Proliferation of Bio-Laboratories in the United States ] ] . Through its Outreach Program, the Center sends top-level retired military officers throughout the U.S. to meet with students, veterans groups, local organizations, and legislators. [ "Retired generals criticize Iraq policy, worry over Iran," North County Times, October 11, 2007.]

Collaborating – The Center works with and organizes peace and security organizations, human needs groups, retired military officers, and peacekeeping organizations to build consensus and support for sane policies and solutions.

Policy and Research

The Center seeks to reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons as a tool of U.S. national security policy, halt the spread of all weapons of mass destruction, stop the deployment of a national missile defense system, and redirect national security spending to better address the genuine threats facing the United States.

The Center’s work is divided into four primary issue areas: [ Council for a Livable World: About page]

Nuclear Weapons - Covers nuclear disarmament, nuclear testing, new nuclear weapons, and missile defense. [ "Experts Warn New U.S. Weapon Could Jumpstart Nuclear Arms Race," One, March 6, 2007]

Nonproliferation - Covers existing nonproliferation programs and regimes as well as new initiatives to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

National Security Spending - Covers the budget and spending priorities in the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, and other executive agencies charged with protecting U.S. national security. [ Defense News about defense spending quoting Center research ]

Biological and Chemical Weapons - Covers new and existing U.S. and multilateral efforts to prevent the use and proliferation of chemical and biological weapons. [ Statement of the Center for Arms Control and Non Proliferation and the Scientists Working Group on Biological and Chemical Weaponsto the Sixth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, November 21,2006, BioWeapons Prevent Project ]

The Center also produces research and analysis on Iran [ "War is Peace, Sanctions are Diplomacy," Middle East Report, November 23, 2007] , Iraq and North Korea and the U.S.-India nuclear deal. [ CNN Transcripts]

Board of Directors


Dudley R. Herschbach,Chair,Harvard University

Gene Pokorny,President,Consultant

Paul Castleman,Secretary-Treasurer,Businessman

Board of Directors

Lincoln H. Day,Demographer

Laurie T. Dewey,Activist

Peter W. Galbraith,Former U.S. Ambassador

Robert Gard, Jr.,Lt. General, U.S. Army (ret.)

Roy J. Glauber,Harvard University

Jerome Grossman,Founder, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Dudley R. Herschbach,Harvard University

John Isaacs,Executive Director, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

George Wallerstein,University of Washington

National Advisory Board

Matthew Bunn,Harvard University

Philip E. Coyle, III,Center for Defense Information

Ann Druyan,Author, Writer/Producer

Craig Emanuel,Loeb & Loeb

Thomas Graham, Jr.,Former U.S. Diplomat

Elisa D. Harris,University of Maryland

Joseph P. HoarGeneral, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.)

Sam Knight,Attorney

Larry Kopald,The Kopald Group

William Lanouette,Author

John C. Polanyi,University of Toronto

Lisa Randall,Harvard University

Pam Tarr,Ace Entertainment

Mario Velázquez,SWIFT Remittances, LLC

Frank von Hippel,Princeton University

Jane Wales,World Affairs Council of Northern California

Robert Zevin,Robert Brooke Zevin Associates, Inc.


The Center's staff operates numerous blogs about nuclear weapons and other issues of international and national security:

Iran Nuclear Watch - Operated by Carah Ong, Iran Policy Analyst

Iraq Insider - Operated by Travis Sharp, Military Policy Analyst

Nukes of Hazard - Operated by Jeff Lindemyer, Policy Fellow

Nukes on a Blog - Operated by Leonor Tomero, Director of Nuclear Non Proliferation

Security Matters - Operated by Chris Hellman, Military Policy Fellow


External links

* [ Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation website]
* [ Council for a Livable World website] Blogs run by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation:
* [ Iran Nuclear Watch blog]
* [ The Iraq Insider blog]
* [ Nukes of Hazard blog]
* [ Nukes on a Blog]
* [ Security Matters blog]

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