Issue 11: September 2008

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In view of the current political climate, this edition of CTBTO Spectrum focuses on the role of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in the wider non-proliferation and disarmament context. We are privileged to have received articles from several internationally acclaimed leaders and political figures including President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, former US Senator Sam Nunn, and US senior diplomats, Ambassadors Max Kampelman and Tom Graham. Their contributions are complemented by an article by Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association,  and there are also feature articles on the Integrated Field Exercise 2008 for on-site inspections, the challenges of establishing monitoring stations in Antarctica, the ongoing International Scientific Studies project to assess the readiness and capability of the CTBT to detect nuclear explosions worldwide, and the cooperation between the CTBTO and the World Meteorological Organization.

 

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Page PDF
Editorial 2 [PDF]
Treaty signatures and ratifications 3 [PDF]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:    
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT): The Way Forward
President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica
4 [PDF]
VOICES:    
Nuclear Testing: A Bygone Era
by Mohamed ElBaradei
7 [PDF]
COVER STORY:    
Nuclear Dangers: The Race between Cooperation and Catastrophe
by Sam Nunn
8 [PDF]
FEATURE ARTICLE:    
Nuclear Weapons: An Existential Threat to Humanity
by Max Kampelmen and Thomas Graham, Jr.
10 [PDF]
PERSPECTIVES:    
The Enduring Value of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Teat-Ban Treaty and New Prospects for Entry Into Force
by Daryl G. Kimball
12 [PDF]
VERIFICATION SCIENCE:    
Looking for the nuclear needle in the haystack: The Integrated Field Exercise 08 in Kazakhstan
by Kirsten Haupt and Thomas Muetzelburg
14 [PDF]
Status of certified IMS facilities (12 September 2008) 17 [PDF]
VERIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS:    
Building monitoring facilities in the coldest, driest and windiest continent on Earth: Antactica
by Denise Brettschneider
18 [PDF]
SECRETARIAT SNAPSHOTS:    
A Global Scientific Endeavour: The International Scientific Studies Project
by Yvonne Yew
22 [PDF]
VERIFICATION SCIENCE AND POTENTIAL CIVIL APPLICATIONS:    
The importance of Atmosphere Transport Modelling: Over ten years of cooperation between the World Meteorological Organization and the CTBTO
by Peter Chen, Gerhard Wotawa and Andreas Becker
24 [PDF]