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Arms embargoes

EU Common Position 2002/402/CFSP
Text from the EU Common Position 2002/402/CFSP outlining the EU embargo on Osama bin Laden, members of the al-Qaeda organization and the Taliban and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them.

Multilateral arms embargoes can be used to coerce states and non-governmental actors to improve their behaviour in the interests of international peace and security or to limit transfers to a particular conflict. The United Security Council has imposed arms embargoes regularly since the end of the Cold War.  The EU uses arms embargoes frequently as an instrument in its foreign and security policy. Other regional multilateral organizations occasionally impose arms embargoes.

SIPRI’s work on arms embargoes revolves around a continuously updated public archive of all multilateral arms embargoes from 1950. The political processes surrounding the imposition of embargoes, amendments to them and their lifting are described and analysed every year in the SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI also researches the implementation and impact of arms embargoes.

Research staff

Mark Bromley is the Co-Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control programme.
Pieter D. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.