Definition of arms control in US English:

arms control


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both can also work together to have innovative ideas on global nuclear arms control and subsequently disarmament.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is also a case study in the pitfalls of relying on multilateral arms-control agreements to protect critical U.S. interests.’
    • ‘Non-proliferation beyond the five permanent members of the UN Security Council quickly became an international arms-control policy, although not accepted by all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And there are no arms-control agreements with rogue regimes that may harbour terrorists.’
    • ‘Proponents of the plan liken it to the Cold War strategy of boosting military spending while pushing for arms-control talks.’
    • ‘Russian arms-control specialists seem less convinced that a strategy of negotiation will be able to protect Russian interests.’
    • ‘The arms-control process did, however, lead to a radical shift in the priority given to national aerospace defense.’
    • ‘Such cooperation can be seen not only in experimental games but also on such issues as international trade and arms control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A member of the committee since 1975, he made a name as a strong arms-control advocate and Europe specialist.’
    • ‘In the West, critics of detente and arms control argued that the Soviets were acquiring nuclear superiority.’
    • ‘The record of arms control and disarmament in the post-Cold War era is confusing.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    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

/ɑrmz kənˈtroʊl//ärmz kənˈtrōl/