The intrinsic characteristics of distributed ledger technology (DLT) platforms, combined with over a decade of successful development and deployment of this technology in a variety of sectors, make it a particularly relevant opportunity for international security and, more specifically, for arms control and non-proliferation.

This paper provides a brief overview of DLT, including its main characteristics, benefits and risks, as well as its potential applications and utility in the context of arms control and non-proliferation.

Sponsor Organizations: Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Microsoft

Citation: Giacomo Persi Paoli and Cindy Vestergaard (2021) "Exploring Distributed Ledger Technology for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation: A Primer", UNIDIR, Geneva.