The international arms trade affects all aspects of international relations, as countries around the world buy and sell weapons to advance their foreign policy, national security, and economic interests. Yet the transfer and use of conventional weapons come with inherent risks. The international arms trade is too often poorly regulated and irresponsibly managed, creating an environment that in many cases increases the extent and deadliness of armed conflict, limits economic prosperity, and contributes to human rights abuses and humanitarian harm around the world.
The project seeks to reduce risk and minimize harm associated with the global arms trade. By bringing together governments, international and regional organizations, civil society, and the private sector in common cause, the project seeks to to address concerns surrounding conventional weapons and promotes responsible arms transfer control policies around the world.