Arms embargo  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

An arms embargo is an embargo that applies solely to weaponry, and may also apply to "dual-use technology". An arms embargo may serve one or more purposes:

  • to signal disapproval of behavior by a certain actor,
  • to maintain neutrality in an ongoing conflict, or
  • to limit the ability of an actor to inflict violence on others,
  • to weaken country's military capabilities before foreign intervention.

Historical examples


United States President Jimmy Carter imposed an arms embargo on the 1976 Argentinian Proceso de Reorganizacion Nacional (National Reorganization Process) military junta due to the Dirty War that took place from 1974 to 1983. The embargo was joined by the United Kingdom following the 1982 Falklands War. The ban was lifted in the 1990s after Argentina was named as a major non-NATO ally. During those years, Argentine armed forces shifted to Western European countries and Israel for supplies.

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