Published in The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: Issues and Answers, January 1, 1997, pages 113-132. M. McKinzie, editor. Copyright © 1997 Cornell University Peace Studies Program.
My experiences with the ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the Threshold Test Ban Treaty, and the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty have led me to conclude that presenting technical issues early in the process greatly reduces their politicization during the ratification end game. This chapter summarizes the important issues that will be raised during the debate on ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. It uses a compact question and answer format to cover the following topics: I. Nuclear Proliferation, II. Nuclear Arms Control, III. Warhead Reliability and Yield for National Security, IV. Warhead Safety, V. Verification, and VI. The Verification-Compliance process. Each section begins with a statement of conclusions, followed by a set of relevant questions and answers.