Key Resources

For more information on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, we recommend the following resources: 



United Nations Statement on the International Day against Nuclear Tests (August 29)

Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Organization (CTBTO)

Article XIV Conference on Facilitating Entry Into Force of the CTBT

U.S. Department of State CTBT Page

Arms Control Association CTBT Resource Page



U.S. Department of State, "2019 Adherence to and Compliance With Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments (Compliance Report)," U.S Department of State, August 2019.

John Carlson, “Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Possible measures to bring the provisions of the Treaty into force and strengthen the norm against nuclear testing,” Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, March 29, 2019.

U.S. Department of Energy. Trends in Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Research & Development - A Physics Perspective. National Nuclear Security Administration, June 2017.

National Research Council. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Technical Issues for the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012.

"Now More Than Ever: the Case for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," Arms Control Association Briefing Book, February 2010.

JASON panel, Life Extension Program (LEP) Executive Summary, JSR-09-334E, September 9, 2009. (PDF)

Raymond Jeanloz, “Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and U.S. Security,” chapter in Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, 2008.

National Academy of Sciences, Technical Issues Related to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 2002.

General John M. Shalikashvili, Findings and Recommendations Concerning The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, January 2001.

JASON panel, Nuclear Testing: Summary and Conclusions, JSR-95-320, August 3, 1995.



Heinz Fischer, “Time for the World to Wake Up,” Arms Control Today, September 2019.

Daryl G. Kimball, “U.S. Claims of Illegal Russian Nuclear Testing: Myths, Realities, and Next Steps,” Arms Control Association Policy White Paper, August 21, 2019.

Daryl G. Kimball, “U.S. Questions Russian CTBT Compliance,” Arms Control Today, July/August 2019.

Cheryl Rofer, “John Bolton Goes for the Big One – The CTBT,” Nuclear Diner, July 9, 2019.  

Ilya Kursenko, “How Youth Can Help Entry into Force of the CTBT,” IDN-InDepthNews, June 29, 2019.

Steven Andreasen, “Trump is quietly leading us closer to nuclear disaster,” The Washington Post, June 26, 2019.

Michael Krepon, “The CTBT takes Another Hit,” Arms Control Wonk, June 17, 2019.

Caitlin McLain, “Ratifying a Nuclear Test Ban Is a First Step Toward Non-Proliferation,” Truthout, June 13, 2019.

William Lambers, “As I See It: Finish Ike and JFK’s dream of nuclear test ban,” Telegram, June 7, 2019. 

Carol Giacomo, “Will Arms Control Foes Take Aim at Another Treaty?” The New York Times, June 4, 2019.

Nathanial Taylor, “Nuclear Freeriders: How the CTBTO Provides a Global Public Good Despite (Some) States’ Failure to Pay,” Dataint, June 4, 2019.

Michael Krepon, “Could Trump Trash The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?” Forbes, June 3, 2019.

Michael Krepon, “Taking Aim at the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty,” Arms Control Wonk, June 3, 2019. 

Mark Fitzpatrick, “How an international inspection agency can revive North Korean détente,” International Institute for Strategic Studies, May 31, 2019.

Ted Bromund, “Alleged Russian Violations Of Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Make New Case For U.S. Withdrawal,” Forbes, May 30, 2019.

Sahil Shah, “Is the Nuclear-Test-Ban the Next US Arms Control Target?” European Leadership Network, May 30, 2019.

Lassina Zerbo, “Why Today We Need Multilateralism More Than Ever,” Valdai Club, May 22, 2019.

Sharon Squassoni, “The Arms Control Believer,” Foreign Policy, September 25, 2018.

William Lambers, “Rising global tensions highlight need for nuclear test ban treaty,” The Post and Courier, August 27, 2018.

Louis Reitmann, “Youth Group pushes the boundaries of disarmament,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 19, 2018.

Stephen Herzog, “A Way Forward with North Korea: the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty,” War on the Rocks, June 11, 2018.

Jon Wolfsthal, “Make North Korea's Nuclear Test Pause Permanent,” 38 North, May 7, 2018.

Stephen Herzog, “Donald Trump: Get Congress to Pass (and Ratify) the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,” The National Interest, March 21, 2018.

Sergei Ryabkov and Lassina Zerbo, "The Nuclear Test Ban: Time to Finish What We Started," The Diplomat, April 21, 2017.

R. Rajaraman, "It Is Time India Signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," The Wire, Foundation for Independent Journalism, January 6, 2017.

Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, "A comprehensive nuclear test ban," Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, December 2, 2016.

Ambassador Sergio Duarte, "The Need for the Entry into Force of the CTBT," TRANSCEND Media Service, November 25, 2016.

Shervin Taheran, "Reinforcing Nuclear-Test-Ban With Security Council Resolution," In Depth News, flagship of International Press Syndicate, August 26, 2016.

Galen Carey, "Support Obama's UN Resolution on Nuclear Testing," Christian Post, August 26, 2016.

Daryl G. Kimball, "Obama's Nuclear Test Moratorium Is Common Sense," The National Interest, August 14, 2016.

Sergey Ryabkov, Foreign Minister of Russia, and Lassina Zerbo, "The United States Needs to Step Up and Ratify the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty," Foreign Policy, April 22, 2016.

Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, "Want a World Without the Threat of Nuclear Weapons? We Must Ban Nuclear Testing," International Business Times, December 15, 2015.

Lassina Zerbo, "An End to Mushroom Clouds Forever," OZY, October 3, 2015. 

Daryl G. Kimball, "Why the Pope is Right About Nuclear Weapons," The National Interest, September 30, 2015.

Happymon Jacob, "Rekindling the Disarmament Momentum," The Hindu, September 21, 2015.

Lassina Zerbo,"India and the CTBT," The Hindu, February 14, 2015.

Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S., Daryl G. Kimball, and Paul F. Walker, "Close the Door on Nuclear Dangers," The Hill, September 14, 2014.

Thomas Pickering, "US Leadership Needed to Prevent Nuclear Testing by North Korea," Christian Science Monitor, February 20, 2013.

Thomas Graham, Jr. and Jake Garn, "Time to Ban Nuke Testing," The Salt Lake Tribune, February 16, 2013.

Jayantha Dhanapala, "Defusing the Nuclear Powder Keg," The Hindu, April 30, 2012.

Hazel O'Leary, "New Evidence for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," San Diego Union Tribune, April 19, 2012.

Trisha S. Beck, "No Need for Nuclear Weapons Testing Any Longer," Deseret News, April 11, 2012.

Daryl G. Kimball, "The New NAS Report: The Case is Stronger Than Ever for the Test Ban Treaty," Arms Control Association, Issue Brief, March 30, 2012.

Tom Z. Collina and Daryl G. Kimball, "Test Ban Treaty: Myths vs. Realities," Arms Control Association, Issue Brief, March 30, 2012.

Stephen A. Cheney, "Time to Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," CNN, January 5, 2012.

Carl Bildt and Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, "Endorse the Nuclear Test Ban." Project Syndicate, December 12, 2011.

Hazel O'Leary and Daryl Kimball, "Ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty," LA Times, September 14, 2011.

Tibor Toth, "Nuclear Lessons Unlearned," Project Syndicate, August 31, 2011.

Togzhan Kassenova, "Semipalatinsk: From Nuclear Testing Site to Test Ban Treaty Support," Carnegie Endowment For Interntaional Peace, August 29, 2011.

Daryl Kimball, "Sorting CTBT Fact From Fiction," Arms Control Association Issue Brief, June 20, 2011.

Dary Kimball, "Reconsider the Nuclear Test Ban," Arms Control Today, April 2011.

Daryl Kimball, "Time for the Nuclear Test Ban," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Proliferation Analysis, August 24, 2010.

Pierce Corden, "Banning Nuclear Tests," Science, May 21, 2010.

Vice President Joe Biden, "The President's Nuclear Vision," The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2010.

Jake Garn, "U.S. Should Ratify Test Ban Treaty," Deseret News, January 29, 2010.

Greg Thielmann, "Worried About Iran? Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," The Des Moines Register, January 22, 2010.

Howard James Hubbard and Leon Lederman, "Nuclear Threat Demands a Sustained U.S. Effort," The Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 6, 2010.

Daryl G. Kimball, “Why We Don’t Need to Resume Nuclear Testing,” Arms Control Today, November 2009.

Deepti Choubey, “Iran Brings Urgency to U.S.’ Need to Ratify Nuclear Test Treaty,” The Hill, October 20, 2009.

Jessica Mathews, “This Time, Ban the Test,” The International Herald Tribune, October 21, 2009.

Former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger, former Senator Sam Nunn, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, "Case for Ratifying Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," Politico, June 2, 2009.

The New York Times, "The Test Ban Treaty," May 24, 2009.

Daryl G. Kimball, "The Logic of the Test Ban Treaty," Arms Control Today, May 2009.

Deepti Choubey, "Don't Wait for the United States," CTBTO Spectrum, April 2009. (PDF)

John M. Shalikashvili, "The Test Ban Solution,"The Washington Post, January 2001. 



Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, Jr., "Transcript: The Arms Control Landscape," The Hudson Institute, May 31, 2019.

Pierce Corden, Rose Gottemoeller, Edward Ifft, Christian Istrate, Togzhan Kassenova, Daryl Kimball, Jenifer Mackby, Zia Mian, Massimiliano Moretti, Andreas Persho, Jaap Ramaker, Paul Richards, Tibor Toth, Gabriella Venturini in The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 23, Issues 3-4 “Twenty years of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” 2016.

Paul G. Richards and Won-Young Kim, “Advances in Monitoring for Nuclear Explosions,” Scientific American, March 2, 2009.

David Hafemeister, “The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: Effectively Verifiable,” Arms Control Today, October 2008.