Category Archives: Conventional Weapons

Film Focuses on Illicit Weapons Trade and the Need for an Arms Trade Treaty

By Wyatt Hoffman A newly released video called “A Short Film About Guns” underscores the need for an effective Arms Trade Treaty to reduce the illegal flow of weapons to conflicts across the world.  Director Minos Papas partnered with the … Continue reading

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The Global Arms Trade Is Just Bananas: Time to Negotiate A Robust ATT

By Daryl G. Kimball The ongoing conflict in Syria–like recent wars in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Congo–underscores the urgent necessity of common-sense rules to prevent the international transfer of weapons, particularly when it is determined there is a substantial … Continue reading

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CCW Review Conference Fails to Reach Consensus on Weak Cluster Munitions Protocol

By Daryl G. Kimball Today in Geneva, delegations from over 100 nations ended a two week-long Review Conference on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) without reaching agreement on a controversial proposal backed by the United States that would … Continue reading

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Whither the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty?

By Daryl G. Kimball Today, the Obama administration announced it “would cease carrying out certain obligations under the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty with regard to Russia.” The announcement is a symptom of the long-running disputes that have … Continue reading

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Too Little, Too Late: U.S. Pushing Weak Cluster Munitions Protocol in Geneva

By Daryl G. Kimball This week, diplomats from 114 countries will gather in Geneva for the Fourth Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW). The focus of the November 14-25 meeting will be a controversial draft protocol that … Continue reading

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New York Jury Convicts Viktor Bout

By Xiaodon Liang and Daryl G. Kimball After two days of deliberations, a New York jury has convicted Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout on multiple conspiracy charges that could lead to his life imprisonment. Bout was found guilty of conspiring … Continue reading

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Viktor Bout and the Tools Needed to Fight Arms Trafficking

By Xiaodon Liang Next week, the world’s most notorious arms trafficker, Viktor Bout, will go on trial in New York. Bout’s case underscores the urgent need for stronger national and international efforts to curb illicit gun running and conventional arms … Continue reading

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