This issue of Disarmament Forum takes a look at the verification of arms control agreements. How do states parties to international treaties verify compliance with their obligations? Beginning with an exploration of the crucial role science and technology—as well as scientists—play in ensuring effective verification, articles go on to examine specific regimes, including conventional arms embargoes and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Our contributors also discuss how potential future agreements on outer space and a nuclear weapons convention could be verified, as well as the growing role of civil society in ensuring compliance with international arms control agreements. 

Citation: Kerstin Vignard (ed.) (2010). "Disarmament Forum: Arms Control Verification", UNIDIR, Geneva.

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  • Editor’s note, Kerstin Vignard
  • Verification: to detect, to deter and to build confidence, Ola Dahlman
  • The verification debate in the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention in 2011, Jez Littlewood
  • Monitoring and verification of the arms trade and arms embargoes, Michael Brzoska
  • Verification in space: theories, realities and possibilities, Ben Baseley-Walker and Brian Weeden
  • Verification and security in a nuclear-weapon-free world: elements and framework of a Nuclear Weapons Convention, Jürgen Scheffran
  • The role of non-governmental organizations in the verification of international agreements, Andreas Persbo
  • UNIDIR focus