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Light Weapons and Civil Conflict : Controlling the Tools of Violence - Jeffrey Boutwell

Light Weapons and Civil Conflict

Controlling the Tools of Violence

By: Jeffrey Boutwell (Editor), Michael T. Klare (Editor)

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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.--Jo L. Husbands, director, Committee on International Security and Arms Control, National Research Council

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Light Weapons and International Conflict
The International Trade in Light Weapons: What Have We Learned?p. 9
Light Weapons and Conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africap. 29
Controlling the Black and Gray Markets in Small Arms in South Asiap. 49
Controlling the Supply of Light Weapons
U.S. Policy and the Export of Light Weaponsp. 65
The European Union and the Light Weapons Tradep. 89
Domestic Laws and International Controlsp. 101
Regional Efforts to Control Light Weapons
Mali and the West African Light Weapons Moratoriump. 129
Controlling Light Weapons in Southern Africap. 147
International Cooperation in Controlling Light Weapons
The United Nations and the Control of Light Weaponsp. 161
Light Weapons and International Law Enforcementp. 173
Light Weapons, Human Rights, and Social Development
Light Weapons and Human Development: The Need for Transparency and Early Warningp. 185
Arms Transfers, Humanitarian Assistance, and Humanitarian Lawp. 197
The World Bank, Demobilization, and Social Reconstructionp. 203
Conclusion
Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Policy Options for the International Communityp. 217
Recommendations of the Report of the UN Panel of Governmental Experts on Small Arms, Submitted by the Secretary-General to the General Assembly, August 27, 1997p. 231
An International Agenda on Small Arms and Light Weapons: Elements of a Common Understanding, Oslo, Norway, July 13-14, 1998p. 235
Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development: The Brussels Call for Action, October 12-13, 1998p. 239
Selected Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 249
About the Contributorsp. 259
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ISBN: 9780847694853
ISBN-10: 0847694852
Series: Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 3rd June 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 14.83  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35