A common feature of conflict in the 1990s is death and suffering from small arms and light weapons. The global diffusion of assault rifles, machine guns, mortars, and rocket-propelled grenades, which can be easily carried by an individual or transported by a light vehicle, has greatly intensified the violence of conflicts in countries around the world. This book represents the perspectives of the foremost specialists on light weapons, and it surveys the wide range of policy options open to the international community. These include export and import controls, law enforcement strategies to break up black markets, collection and destruction of weapons following the end of conflict, and efforts to illuminate how small arms and light weapons make their way to the killing grounds of the 1990s.
This is a fine set of essays. It reflects the steady growth and intellectual development of an international network of researchers who are tackling a problem that is central to the prevention of deadly conflict. This is still a small research community, but the advances they have made in just a few years are impressive.
This important book highlights a topic crucial to current efforts to promote human security. To tackle the problem of small arms, I believe all governments must undertake efforts to counter illicit trafficking and bring greater transparency to the legal exportation of these weapons. We must also support practical peacebuilding efforts, such as microdisarmament and security sector reform, particularly in postconflict situations. This book discusses these complex issues thoroughly and deserves a wide readership.
A useful data source on the arms trade with special reference to light weapons.
Canadian Journal of Political Science
This edited volume makes for interesting reading and should not be missed by anyone interested in the field of conflict regulation and arms control.
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Meet the Author
Jeffrey Boutwell is associate executive officer at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, where he directs the program on international security studies. Michael T. Klare is professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part One: Light Weapons and International Conflict Chapter 3 The International Trade in Light Weapons: What Have We Learned? Chapter 4 Light Weapons and Conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa Chapter 5 Controlling the Black and Gray Markets in Small Arms in South Asia Part 6 Part Two: Controlling the Supply of Light Weapons Chapter 7 U.S. Policy and the Export of Light Weapons Chapter 8 The European Union and the Light Weapons Trade Chapter 9 Domestic Laws and International Controls Part 10 Part Three: Regional Efforts to Control Light Weapons Chapter 11 West Africa and the Mali Moratorium Chapter 12 Controlling Light Weapons in Southern Africa Part 13 Part Four: International Cooperation to Control Light Weapons Chapter 14 The United Nations and the Control of Light Weapons Chapter 15 Light Weapons and International Law Enforcement Part 16 Part Five: Light Weapons, Human Rights, and Social Development Chapter 17 Light Weapons and Human Development: The Need for Transparency and Early Warning Chapter 18 Arms Transfers, Humanitarian Assistance, and Humanitarian Law Chapter 19 The World Bank, Demobilization, and Social Reconstruction Part 20 Conclusion Chapter 21 Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Policy Options for the International Community