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Multilateral arms embargoes

Multilateral arms embargoes
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Multilateral arms embargoes can be used to coerce states and non-governmental actors to improve their behaviour in the interests of international peace and security or to limit transfers to a particular conflict. The United Nations Security Council has imposed arms embargoes regularly since the end of the cold war.  The European Union uses arms embargoes frequently as an instrument in its foreign and security policy. Other regional multilateral organizations occasionally impose arms embargoes.

SIPRI’s work on arms embargoes revolves around a continuously updated public archive of all multilateral arms embargoes since 1950. The political processes surrounding the imposition of embargoes, amendments to them and their lifting are described and analysed every year in the SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI also researches the implementation and impact of arms embargoes.

Research staff

Mark Bromley is the Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme, currently on leave.
Pieter D. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.
Noel Kelly is the Programme Coordinator for SIPRI's work on Armament and Disarmament.