Conversion survey 1997 - Global disarmament and disposal of surplus weapons

Release date: 1996-12

n its second yearbook Conversion Survey 1997: Global Disarmament and Disposal of Surplus Weapons, BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) presents an up-to-date overview of the most recent trends in international disarmament and conversion. Disarmament is continuing worldwide, even if the trend is slowing down. On the other hand, a negative side effect of disarmament is becoming more apparent: surplus weapons. About 165,000 conventional heavy weapons, 5,000 nuclear delivery vehicles and 18,000 nuclear warheads as well as thousands of tons of chemical weapons have become surplus as a result of disarmament. Many governments have been taken by surprise by the enormous amounts of these "waste products" and they do not seem to be able to cope with the political, security and practical aspects of disarmament management.