Pierce S. Corden

Articles by Pierce S. Corden

12 January 2009

Organizing for arms control in the Obama administration

Pierce S. Corden

Ten years ago this March, the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) was merged with the State Department. ACDA had been created in 1961 as an independent agency, in recognition by President John F. Kennedy and prominent senators such as Hubert Humphrey that the nuclear arms race warranted a separate bureaucratic structure to pursue negotiated solutions to threats to national security.