Brian Wood is Amnesty International’s Manager of Arms Control, Security Trade and Human Rights. He leads Amnesty International’s campaign for a strong global Arms Trade Treaty. An expert on the global arms trade, Wood has acted as a consultant to the United Nations on the prevention of illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons and on end use control systems. He has researched and provided policy analysis on the subject for nearly two decades, including to inter-governmental organizations, national governments and NGOs.

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The absence of a global regime to control international trade in conventional arms persists despite the fact that in the 22 years between 1989 and 2010, the world witnessed the outbreak or continuation of 131 international armed conflicts,1-3 involving the forces of 112 countries and 217 political opposition groups. An additional 392 armed …

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