The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy

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The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy has been working since 1995 to promote effective approaches to international security, disarmament and arms control. Engaging with governments and civil society, Acronym provides reporting, analysis and strategic thinking on a range of issues relevant to peace and security, with special emphasis on treaties and multilateral initiatives … The Acronym Institute is grateful to the Ford Foundation, the Ploughshares Fund, and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust for their enabling support of our work and publications, including this website. (full text Homepage).

The Journal Disarmament Diplomacy;
The United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament;
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency;
WMD Possessors and Aspirants;
Disarmament Calendar 2008: Main Conferences & Events;
Glossary of Acronyms;
Links (for Organisations);
Address: The Acronym Institute, 24 Colvestone Crescent, London E8 2LH;
Contact: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7503 8857, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7503 8857, e-mail of Founding Director & Editor: Dr Rebecca Johnson.

About: The Acronym Institute was set up in November 1995 under the name ‘Disarmament Intelligence Review’. In April 1997 it became sole publisher of Disarmament Diplomacy, a journal of news, documentation and opinion pieces on disarmament and arms control negotiations. In September 1997 the Institute was legally established in London, UK, under the name The Acronym Institute.

The Acronym Institute works with policy makers and non-governmental organisations to promote non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament by disseminating information and maximising negotiating opportunities in all available fora. When arms control measures become blocked, as at present on treaty ratification and the proposed ban on the production of fissile materials, the Acronym Institute will work to promote constructive dialogue and alternative approaches.

The Acronym Institute aims to:

  • provide timely, high quality reporting of negotiations at the UN, the CD, and the NPT review process. Publications include the ACRONYM Reports on the CTBT negotiations and NPT Review Process;
  • promote further ratifications and the full implementation of arms control treaties;
  • promote talks among the nuclear weapon states and identify concrete measures for further progress in transparency, arms control and confidence building, focusing on unilateral initiatives, five-power (P-5) agreements or joint declarations, as well as multilateral negotiations;
  • exchange information and increase understanding of arms control and non-proliferation issues and fora among diplomats, parliamentarians and officials in non-nuclear-weapon and threshold states, with a view to more effective participation, especially from states in regions of high tension or proliferation concern.

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