Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Controlling the Tools of Violence

Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Controlling the Tools of Violence

by Jeffrey Boutwell, Michael T. Klare, Kathi Austin, William Benson, Nat J. Colletta
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Jo L. Husbands
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.
Lloyd Axworthy
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.
International Affairs
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847694846
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Series:
Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.78(d)

What People are saying about this

Jo L. Husbands
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.
Lloyd Axworthy
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.

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.

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