The excessive accumulation, uncontrolled proliferation and misuse of conventional weapons exacerbates and prolongs the violence and civilian harm caused by conflicts. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Agenda on Disarmament called for an examination of “how measures for disarmament and arms control contributes to processes for conflict prevention, management and resolution.” The publication sets out practical entry points where arms control already supports and reinforces conflict prevention and management efforts, as well as providing key reflections on how the United Nations system and Member States could further integrate arms control into their preventive and conflict management thinking and actions.

Citation: J. Arthur Boutellis (2018) "The Changing Role of Conventional Arms Control in Preventing and Managing Violent Conflicts", UNIDIR, Geneva, Switzerland.