Definition of arms control in US English:

arms control


  • International disarmament or arms limitation, especially by mutual consent.

    ‘the United Nations Security Council is to sign a declaration on arms control’
    as modifier ‘arms-control talks’
    • ‘Today's papers note his ingenious applications of ‘game theory’ to labor negotiations, business transactions, and arms-control agreements.’
    • ‘East-West tensions moderated slightly during the early 1970s as Pres. Richard Nixon engaged in a policy of detente and arms-control negotiations with the USSR, but the thaw proved temporary.’
    • ‘Non-proliferation beyond the five permanent members of the UN Security Council quickly became an international arms-control policy, although not accepted by all.’
    • ‘Proponents of the plan liken it to the Cold War strategy of boosting military spending while pushing for arms-control talks.’
    • ‘The record of arms control and disarmament in the post-Cold War era is confusing.’
    • ‘And there are no arms-control agreements with rogue regimes that may harbour terrorists.’
    • ‘The chief U.S. arms-control negotiator was in Seoul for a three-day visit that included talks with South Korean officials on the communist North's arms proliferation.’
    • ‘In the West, critics of detente and arms control argued that the Soviets were acquiring nuclear superiority.’
    • ‘By the same token, we were able to negotiate specific arms-control pacts with the Soviet Union but never an end to the Cold War.’
    • ‘And the White House's evident disdain for arms-control treaties makes it unlikely that Bush would ever seek an international agreement to more tightly regulate shoulder-fired missiles.’
    • ‘In very broad terms, we have treaties against placing weapons of mass destruction in orbit or on the moon, establishing military bases on celestial bodies, or interfering with the verification of arms-control treaties from space.’
    • ‘Thatcher was perhaps the reverse - ideologically close to Reagan, she was nevertheless prepared to use her influence to shift him from his intuitive position in arms-control negotiations with Gorbachev.’
    • ‘‘We as arms-control activists have to make sure our arguments are made in the context of the new terrorist danger,’ says Kevin Knobloch, executive director of the Union of Concerned Scientists.’
    • ‘It is also a case study in the pitfalls of relying on multilateral arms-control agreements to protect critical U.S. interests.’
    • ‘Both can also work together to have innovative ideas on global nuclear arms control and subsequently disarmament.’
    • ‘A member of the committee since 1975, he made a name as a strong arms-control advocate and Europe specialist.’
    • ‘Such cooperation can be seen not only in experimental games but also on such issues as international trade and arms control.’
    • ‘Russian arms-control specialists seem less convinced that a strategy of negotiation will be able to protect Russian interests.’
    • ‘The reaction of our allies and former cold-war foes alike make any unilateral action on the part of the United States highly risky because it will unravel a web of arms-control agreements, practices, and expectations that work.’
    • ‘The arms-control process did, however, lead to a radical shift in the priority given to national aerospace defense.’
    demilitarization, demobilization, deactivation of arms, deactivation of weapons, decommissioning, decommissioning of arms, decommissioning of weapons, laying down of arms, laying down of weapons
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arms control

/ärmz kənˈtrōl//ɑrmz kənˈtroʊl/