Accession Number : ADA315050

Title :   Landmine Arms Control.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Biddle, Stephen D. ; Klare, Julia L. ; Oelrich, Ivan ; Wallis, Johnathan

PDF Url : ADA315050

Report Date : MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : Perhaps 80 to 110 million unexploded mines are now scattered over 64 countries worldwide. These mines kill or maim as many as 2,000 people a month most of them civilians, many of them children. The purpose of the paper is to evaluate the pros and cons of addressing this problem via negotiated arms control agreements to ban the production, stockpiling, export and/or use of mines. Our principal findings are that neither the costs nor the benefits are likely to be as great as many have argued. Because costs and benefits are incommensurate, landmine arms control could not be an open and shut case either for or against on its analytical merits, but the value judgment required to reach a conclusion is likely to be a closer call than many in the current debate would suggest.

Descriptors :   *ARMS CONTROL, *LAND MINES, PRODUCTION, KILL PROBABILITIES, COSTS, AGREEMENTS, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), STOCKPILES, CHILDREN, NEGOTIATIONS, UNEXPLODED AMMUNITION.

Subject Categories : Land Mine Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE