Arms Without Borders

Why a globalized trade needs global controls

Published: 2 October 2006

Globalization has changed the arms trade. Arms companies, operating from an increasing number of locations, now source components from across the world. Their products are often assembled in countries with lax controls on where they end up. Too easily, weapons get into the wrong hands. Each year, at least a third of a million people are killed directly with conventional weapons and many more die, are injured, abused, forcibly displaced and bereaved as a result of armed violence. Rapidly widening loopholes in national controls demonstrate how this globalized trade also needs global rules. The time for an effective international Arms Trade Treaty is now.