At first glance, the international arms trade seems to be one of those problems that will always be with us, like death and taxes. But just as life can be prolonged and tax rates can be reduced, the traffic in weapons can be reined in, given the political will to do so, as I first suggested in two contributions to World Policy Journal—the first, “Curbing the Arms Trade: From Rhetoric to Restraint” in the spring of 1992, and “Why Sell Arms?” a year later.

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