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Arms production and trade constitute a big and profitable industry, with strong links to the world’s political structures. The priorities they set affect all government spending decisions. If the industry and its allied politicians are not to keep the world in a perpetual state of insecurity and danger, they must be countered by ordinary people who understand what is happening and why. As this realization has grown in the period after the Cold War, ordinary people have begun to involve themselves with international security issues in unprecedented numbers. The impact has been considerable. For the first time in history, a major international treaty — the one banning land mines — was negotiated and agreed to primarily because of a non-governmental campaign. Currently, a number of non-governmental organizations are campaigning for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. Many are also engaged in the growing campaign against the proliferation and illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons.

Related Subject(s): Disarmament
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