United Nations Arms Embargoes: Their Impact on Arms Flows and Target Behaviour

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 29, 2007

United Nations Arms Embargoes: Their Impact on Arms Flows and Target Behaviour, A Report by SIPRI and the Uppsala University Special Program on the Implementation of Targeted Sanctions. ISBN 978-91-85114-56-6. Executive Summary.

  • This report is the first analysis of the 27 United Nations arms embargoes that have been imposed since 1990. UN arms embargoes have been criticized as having a limited impact on reducing arms flows to their targets or improving target behaviour. Against this background the report offers a reassessment of UN arms embargoes, their objectives and their effects. In particular it considers the impact of the Interlaken (1999–2001), Bonn–Berlin (2000–2001) and Stockholm (2001–2003) processes, which offered a range of proposals for developing the focus and implementation of arms embargoes. The report is the first comprehensive assessment of UN arms embargoes implemented since the innovations deriving from these processes were introduced.”
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