Disarmament: A Basic Guide

Fourth Edition

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Conceived as a comprehensive introduction to a field central to the work of the United Nations, Disarmament: A Basic Guide aims to provide a useful overview of the nuanced challenges of building a more peaceful world in the twenty-first century. It was written with the general reader in mind and it strives to be accessible without downplaying the complexity of the issues it explores. This fourth edition includes updated figures, tables and treaty statuses; new analysis of the key developments since 2012; discussion of two recently agreed legal instruments, the Arms Trade Treaty and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; and a new chapter on emerging threats from cyber weaponry, unmanned combat aerial vehicles and lethal autonomous weapons systems.




Anti-personnel mines (or landmines) have been widely used in international and non-international armed conflicts, including the two World Wars, the war in South-East Asia, the Korean War and the 1991 Gulf War. During the Cold War, many States laid landmines along their borders. Landmines, including victim-activated improvised explosive devices, are still being used in a handful of conflicts. In recent years, explosive remnants of war have also become a global problem, killing and injuring thousands of civilians annually.


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