Arms Control Dog Won't Hunt: The Proposed Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty at the Conference on Disarmament [open html - 450KB]
This paper will review the history of fissile material cut-off efforts, examine why the current negotiations are at a standstill, describe the reasons for that failure, discuss the conduct of related initiatives elsewhere, review the attempts to deal with FMCT technical problems on the fringes of ongoing negotiations and consider the significance of the FMCT to the arms control process. Some possible alternatives will be examined including the feasibility of these proposals given the current political climate, and, in the face of a paralyzed negotiating forum, discuss the viability of these proposals. Finally, some observations about the process will be made and some comments and recommendations offered as to the utility of such negotiations for the future and their benefit to U.S. national security.
INSS Occasional Paper 36, Arms Control Series