This is an annual report, co-authored by William Hartung and Frida Berrigan, of the New America Foundation.
Hartung and Berrigan are calling on Barack Obama, and the next US Congress, to endorse/ratify treaties on landmines and cluster munititions, and to develop a new arms transfer policy that includes human rights and nonproliferation objectives.
Some choice facts:
- The United States accounts for 45% of all weapons transferred globally in 2007.
- During 2006 and 2007, the United States provided weapons and military training to over 174 states and territories, up from 123 states and territories in 2001.
- Of the 27 major conflicts under way during 2006/07, 20 involved one or more parties that had received arms and training from the United States.