Disarmament – U.S. Policy on Small Arms and Light Weapons

Naval War College Review – The United States has for over a decade pursued a cautious and incremental approach to limiting the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. It has led, supported, and devised valuable initiatives and procedures, but it has characteristically refusedólargely for reasons of domestic politicsóto participate in formal, legally binding international arrangements. This approach could harm both unstable regions and perceptions of American commitments among allies and partners.

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