- 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 Worldwas founded in 1962 by eminent nuclear physicist Leo Szilardand 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 destructionissues 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. [http://www.livableworld.org Council for a Livable World: About page]
The Center's executive director is John Isaacs, who has had a long career of
arms controladvocacy 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 [http://energycommerce.house.gov/cmte_mtgs/110-oi-hrg.100407.BSL.shtml The House Committee on Energy and Commerce list of witnesses] regarding the development of chemical weapons. [ [http://armscontrolcenter.org/policy/biochem/articles/biolabs_proliferation_testimony/ 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. [http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/10/12/news/top_stories/21_04_2610_11_07.txt "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: [http://www.livableworld.org Council for a Livable World: About page]
Nuclear Weapons- Covers nuclear disarmament, nuclear testing, new nuclear weapons, and missile defense. [http://us.oneworld.net/article/view/146853/1/ "Experts Warn New U.S. Weapon Could Jumpstart Nuclear Arms Race," One World.net, 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. [ http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/12/dfn_bridgefund_071220/ Defense News about defense spending quoting Center research ]
Chemical Weapons- Covers new and existing U.S. and multilateral efforts to prevent the use and proliferation of chemical and biological weapons. [http://www.bwpp.org/6RevCon/documents/20061121CenterforArmsControl.pdf 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[http://www.merip.org/mero/mero112307.html "War is Peace, Sanctions are Diplomacy," Middle East Report, November 23, 2007] , Iraqand North Koreaand the U.S.-India nuclear deal. [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0611/21/ldt.01.html CNN Transcripts]
Board of Directors
Dudley R. Herschbach,Chair,Harvard University
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.)
Larry Kopald,The Kopald Group
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
* [http://armscontrolcenter.org/ Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation website]
* [http://www.clw.org/ Council for a Livable World website] Blogs run by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation:
* [http://irannuclearwatch.blogspot.com/ Iran Nuclear Watch blog]
* [http://theiraqinsider.blogspot.com/ The Iraq Insider blog]
* [http://nukesofhazard.blogspot.com/ Nukes of Hazard blog]
* [http://www.nukesonablog.blogspot.com/ Nukes on a Blog]
* [http://securitymatter.blogspot.com/ Security Matters blog]
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