About the Acronym Institute

The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy was founded in 1996 by Dr Rebecca Johnson, and is internationally recognised for high quality analysis and strategies to develop and support multilateral disarmament and security agreements.  Our reputation for strategic initiatives, accuracy and integrity enables us to engage with key governments and decision-makers, whilst also capacity building and networking to increase the effectiveness of progressive civil society in different countries.

In accordance with our objectives, 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.

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.

The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy began life in 1994, in the investigative work and monitoring of the CTBT negotiations, Conference on Disarmament and NPT developments carried out by Rebecca Johnson in Geneva on behalf of an ‘Acronym Consortium’ of several NGOs.  After the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference the consortium dissolved, and Rebecca established an independent NGO under the name 'Disarmament Intelligence Review'.  The name was soon changed when the organization became legally established in the UK as The Acronym Institute and, later, the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy. Among our numerous reports, articles and briefings (most of which are available in electronic form), our in-house journal, Disarmament Diplomacy, was published from 1996 to 2009, when its demise was hastened by funding shortfalls, combined with the increasing shift towards electronic communication and social media.  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.