Arms Control Policy

A Guide to the Issues

by Marie Isabelle Chevrier


Arms control was an issue of perennial concern during the second half of the 20th century and continues to command attention today. How did the many arms control treaties come to be, what have they accomplished, and, perhaps most important, where do we go from here?

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August 2012


Pages 204
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/International and Transnational Security

In this work, an expert on biological weapons offers a thoughtful examination of the political and technical issues that have affected the implementation of arms control agreements from the 1960s to the present.

Arms Control Policy: A Guide to the Issues examines the history of the major arms control treaties since the early 1960s. It offers readers a broad understanding of the ways in which arms control agreements were negotiated and implemented during the Cold War, the international and national events that affected treaty negotiation and implementation, and how the arms control landscape has changed in the war's aftermath.

Specifically, the handbook overviews the obligations contained in bilateral U.S.-Soviet/Russian and multilateral arms control agreements covering nuclear and nonnuclear weapons. It also treats such agreements as the Biological Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Treaty to Ban Land Mines, and the Treaty to Ban Cluster Munitions. The book concludes with a look at the current challenges in the implementation of arms control agreements and the future of arms control.


  • Primary documents and biographical sketches of key figures support the text
  • Offers a chronology of arms control agreements from the 1960s to the present
  • Maps show placement of land mines in Bosnia and elsewhere
  • Photographs depict the effects of different weapons
  • Includes a glossary of technical arms control terms and acronyms
  • Provides a bibliography including significant materials from history, political science, and public policy


  • Makes the morass of arms control agreements easily understandable for the nontechnical reader
  • Captures the similarities and differences in the implementation of arms control agreements from different fields
  • Explains how domestic and international politics can play a decisive role in the formation and success of arms control agreements
  • Describes the contributions of nongovernmental organizations, other civil society actors, and nation states
Author Info

Marie Isabelle Chevrier is professor of public policy at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ. She is coeditor of Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons: Promise or Peril? and has written widely on the Biological Weapons Convention.



"Chevrier (Rutgers Univ., Camden) provides an excellent analytical survey of crucial areas of arms control. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels."—Choice

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