Only by getting its own house in order will the United States be in a position to set an example other societies will want to emulate, argues CFR President Richard N. Haass. And only by fixing itself will the United States possess the resources necessary to discourage or deal with the emergence of a serious political and military competitor.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on April 2, 2013. The press release says the treaty makes it "harder for human rights abusers, criminals and arms traffickers to obtain weapons" and gives a brief history of the treaty from the 1990s.
Authors: J. Thomas Moriarty, Daniel Roger Katz, Lawrence J. Korb, Jonathan Caverley, and Ethan B. Kapstein
Jonathan Caverly and Ethan Kapstein maintained that the United States' domination of the global arms market is disappearing and that as a consequence, Washington is squandering an array of economic and political benefits. Critics dispute the point; Caverley and Kapstein respond.
The International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 8, 2005.
The UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in SALW in All Its Aspects was agreed to in July 2001 at the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.
A critical examination of how the legacies of military control in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey affect political development in these countries, highlighting the often-overlooked difficulties of promoting democratic change in military-dominated political systems.
This report is part of a series produced by Amnesty International, Oxfam, and IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms). It argues that the arms trade has become more ‘globalised’, with weapons assembled using components from around the world.
A Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) presentation on cluster munitions which argues that cluster munitions are the conventional weapon system most in need of specific new international regulation.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has updated its informational chart outlining the elements necessary for reducing the civilian harm of cluster munitions. It includes an overview of twelve cluster munitions which are among the most widely used.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.