The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to enhancing international peace and security in the 21st century. The Center is funded by grants from private foundations and the generosity of thousands of individual donors.
Our policy staff includes some of the most qualified and experienced analysts of U.S. and international security. Center experts are devoted to providing in-depth analysis and commentary on issues like biological and chemical weapons, homeland security, Iran's nuclear program, the war in Iraq, military policy, missile defense, national security issues in Congress, national security spending, North Korea, nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear terrorism, and nuclear weapons.
The Center was originally formed as the research branch of Council for a Livable World, an organization founded in 1962 by eminent nuclear physicist Leo Szilard and other scientists who pioneered the development of atomic weapons and became concerned about their use and spread. In 1980, the Center evolved into its own non-profit, independent organization. Since then, the Center has retained its focus on nuclear weapons but expanded its activities to include other present and emerging security threats.
Along with its sister organization, Council for a Livable World, the Center has been at the forefront of U.S. arms control and national security policy for almost 50 years. Some notable accomplishments the Center helped bring about include:
- Ratifying the Chemical Weapons Convention and Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, Conventional Forces in Europe, and Strategic Arms Reduction (START) treaties
- Establishing a U.S. nuclear testing moratorium in 1992
- Limiting the deployment of the MX missile and B-2 bomber
- Blocking deployment of National Missile Defense by the Clinton administration
- Eliminating funding for the nuclear "Bunker Buster" and "Reliable Replacement Warhead"
- Ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START).