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The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy

About the Acronym Institute

The Acronym Institute works with policy makers and non-governmental organisations to promote non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament by disseminating information and maximising negotiating opportunities in all available fora. When arms control measures become blocked, as at present on treaty ratification and the proposed ban on the production of fissile materials, the Acronym Institute will work to promote constructive dialogue and alternative approaches.

The Acronym Institute aims to:

  • provide timely, high quality reporting of negotiations at the UN, the CD, and the NPT review process. Publications include the briefings and reports on the CTBT and NPT review process. The Acronym Institute Blog also offers timely coverage and commentary of key international conferences.
  • promote further ratifications and the full implementation of arms control treaties;
  • promote talks among the nuclear weapon states and identify concrete measures for further progress in transparency, arms control and confidence building, focusing on unilateral initiatives, five-power (P-5) agreements or joint declarations, as well as multilateral negotiations;
  • exchange information and increase understanding of arms control and non-proliferation issues and fora among diplomats, parliamentarians and officials in non-nuclear-weapon and threshold states, with a view to more effective participation, especially from states in regions of high tension or proliferation concern.

Personnel and Consultants:
Founding Director & Editor: Dr Rebecca Johnson
Research Associate & Website manager: Kat Barton
Reseacher: Henrietta Wilson

Board of Directors:
David Atwood, Consultant Armed Violence & Development, former Director Quaker United Nations Office
Nomi Bar-Yaacov, Middle East Foreign Policy Advisor
General Sir Hugh Beach, retired British Army officer
Professor Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics
Tim Caughley, former Director, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, Geneva
General Sir David Ramsbotham, retired British Army officer and member of the House of Lords

The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy is grateful to the Ford Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nuclear Education Trust and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation for their enabling support of our work and publications.

The Acronym Institute can be contacted at:
24 Colvestone Crescent
E8 2LH

Rebecca Johnson's direct line:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7503 8857

Background: The Acronym Institute was set up in November 1995 under the name 'Disarmament Intelligence Review'. In April 1997 it became sole publisher of Disarmament Diplomacy, a journal of news, documentation and opinion pieces on disarmament and arms control negotiations. In September 1997 the Institute was legally established in London, UK, under the name The Acronym Institute. In 2011,the name of the organisation was amended simply to Acronym Institute. The Acronym Institute wasoriginally founded to continue the investigative work on disarmament negotiations that Dr Rebecca Johnson had carried out from 1994 in Geneva and New York for four nongovernmental organisations, VERTIC, ISIS, BASIC and Dfax, known as 'The Acronym Consortium'. The Acronym Consortium dissolved into its constituent parts in October 1995. You will find related material and some earlier publications on the websites of former Consortium members.

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