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The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy

About the Acronym Institute

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.

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:

Background: The Acronym Institute was founded to continue the investigative work on disarmament negotiations 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.

Personnel and Consultants:

Founding Director & Editor: Dr Rebecca Johnson rej@acronym.org.uk
Deputy Director and Website manager: Nicola Butler
Assistant Editor: Henrietta Wilson
Senior Associate: Carol Naughton

Board of Directors:

David Atwood, Representative, Disarmament and Peace Quaker United Nations Office
Nomi Bar-Yaacov, Middle East Foreign Policy Advisor
General Sir Hugh Beach (retired)
Professor Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics
Tim Caughley, former Director, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, Geneva
John Edmonds CMG CVO, retired UK Ambassador
Dr Joanna Spear, Director, US Foreign Policy Institute, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC


The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy is grateful to the Ford Foundation, the Ploughshares Fund, and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust for their enabling support of our work and publications, including this website.

The Acronym Institute can be contacted at:

24 Colvestone Crescent
E8 2LH

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

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