The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy began life in 1994, through the investigative work and monitoring of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty negotiations, the Conference on Disarmament and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty developments carried out by Dr Rebecca Johnson on behalf of an ‘Acronym Consortium’ of several NGOs. Following the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference, the consortium dissolved and in 1996 Dr Johnson established an independent NGO, which became The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.

The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy conducts research and disseminates ideas, analyses and strategies on: peace and human security; disarmament; arms control; non-proliferation; environmental sustainability; women’s security, rights and democratic participation; and international law and human rights, including international humanitarian law.  We organize and participate in meetings to promote disarmament and security, nonviolent solutions to conflicts and ways to reduce militarization and weapons build-ups.  We engage with policy-makers and opinion-formers and assist in the education of the public and elected representatives on debates, policies and negotiations on human, national and international peace and security, including the effects of weapons, security doctrines and disarmament.

Among our numerous reports, articles and briefings, our in-house journal, Disarmament Diplomacy, was published from 1996 to 2009. Disarmament Diplomacy was founded and edited until 2004 by Sean Howard, and was widely viewed as an essential resource for practitioners seeking news, documentation and analysis on disarmament, security and arms control negotiations. It is still available to view on our archived website. [link]

The Acronym Institute’s work is carried out by a small staff team and overseen by a Board of Directors.

At present we receive funding support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Network for Social Change, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nuclear Education Trust and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, and we are very grateful to all for their generous enabling of our programmes, projects and publications.