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Managing the Global Problems Created by the Conventional Arms Trade: An Assessment of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms

Managing the Global Problems Created by the Conventional Arms Trade: An Assessment of the United... Global Governance 11 (2005), 225–246 Managing the Global Problems Created by the Conventional Arms Trade: An Assessment of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms Edward J. Laurance, Hendrik Wagenmakers, and Herbert Wulf One of the first global security problems to emerge in the post–Cold War period was the excessive and destabilizing accumulation of conventional weapons. The only truly global instrument to emerge to cope with this was the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms. This article is an assessment of how this transparency and confidence-building measure has contributed during its ten-year existence to the management and global governance of the negative consequences of the arms trade. The Register has developed an important norm and made arms transfers more transparent. But it still has a long way to go before it can play its inherent role in establishing a cooperative security regime that would address excessive and destabilizing arms buildups. KEYWORDS: conven- tional arms trade, United Nations, Register of Conventional Arms, transparency, confidence building, cooperative security. t the end of the Cold War and throughout the 1990s, the inter- national community began to seriously address an emerging set of global problems—disease, pollution, violations of labor rights, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Managing the Global Problems Created by the Conventional Arms Trade: An Assessment of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01102007
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Abstract

Global Governance 11 (2005), 225–246 Managing the Global Problems Created by the Conventional Arms Trade: An Assessment of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms Edward J. Laurance, Hendrik Wagenmakers, and Herbert Wulf One of the first global security problems to emerge in the post–Cold War period was the excessive and destabilizing accumulation of conventional weapons. The only truly global instrument to emerge to cope with this was the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms. This article is an assessment of how this transparency and confidence-building measure has contributed during its ten-year existence to the management and global governance of the negative consequences of the arms trade. The Register has developed an important norm and made arms transfers more transparent. But it still has a long way to go before it can play its inherent role in establishing a cooperative security regime that would address excessive and destabilizing arms buildups. KEYWORDS: conven- tional arms trade, United Nations, Register of Conventional Arms, transparency, confidence building, cooperative security. t the end of the Cold War and throughout the 1990s, the inter- national community began to seriously address an emerging set of global problems—disease, pollution, violations of labor rights, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS,

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2005

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