The Acronym Institute was set up in November 1995 under the name ‘Disarmament Intelligence Review’. In April 1997 we became sole publishers of Disarmament Diplomacy, a monthly journal of news, documentation and opinion pieces on disarmament and arms control negotiations. In September 1997 we were 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:

* provide timely, high quality reporting of negotiations at the UN, the CD, and the NPT review process. Publications include the ACRONYM Reports on the CTBT negotiations and NPT Review Process.

* 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.

The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy has been working since 1995 to promote effective approaches to international security, disarmament and arms control. Engaging with governments and civil society, Acronym provides reporting, analysis and strategic thinking on a range of issues relevant to peace and security, with special emphasis on treaties and multilateral initiatives.