From Small Arms to WMD Arms Control: Linkages and Shared Benefits

HCoC Issue Brief – February 2021

By Eloise Watson, FRS

The proliferation of WMD and of conventional weapons are, in many ways, separate threats with different levels of impact and proliferation dynamics.

However, there are linkages between WMD and conventional weapons proliferation. Notably, the same factors increase the risk of both threats, including geographic vulnerabilities.

Subscription to the main WMD non-proliferation and disarmament (NPD) instruments varies across regions but is relatively strong in some. However, the quality of their implementation is often limited, in part due to resource constraints, and secondary NPD initiatives such as the HCoC have received less support.

Stronger investment in NPD measures like the HCoC offers benefits for both national and regional security and development needs.

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