Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Controlling the Tools of Violence

Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Controlling the Tools of Violence

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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.
Citation: Boutwell, Jeffrey; Klare, Michael. Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Controlling the Tools of Violence (Carnegie Corporation of New York, 1999)
Program: International Peace and Security