The past decade has witnessed the highest number of United Nations arms embargoes running concurrently across the globe. However, to date, insufficient attention has been paid to the processes for reassessing, adjusting and terminating arms embargoes and how this relates to conventional arms control. This study examines exactly this question, providing an overview of the evolution of arms embargo measures throughout United Nations sanctions history, examining challenges in reassessing and adjusting sanctions regimes and analysing the increasing use of arms control obligations to accompany these adjustments. It examines five separate case studies to identify common trends, indicators and lessons to be learned.

Citation: Savannah de Tessieres, Himayu Shiotani, Franziska Seethaler and Sebastian Wilkin (2018) "Applying Conventional Arms Control in the Context of United Nations Arms Embargoes", UNIDIR, Geneva.