Weapons trade

As nations meet to consider an international agreement on the trade in arms, lessons from the EU are ready to be learned.

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The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has mixed success, but its aims remain worth supporting.

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Born of compromises, the treaty’s attempt to satisfy all parties has led to it being toothless. How best to restore its bite?

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Like all international agreements, the ATT has limited force. Civil society could help hold governments accountable to it.

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The Arms Trade Treaty can work best where it sidesteps the great powers’ strategic interests.

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If the Arms Trade Treaty’s many signatories reaffirm their commitment to the agreement’s aims, they could start to see real change.

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Every year, billions of dollars in weapons and other military equipment is shipped across the globe. Explore these transfers in our new interactive map.

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