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Landmines: The Invisible Enemy

In late June, the US announced that it would no longer produce or purchase anti-personnel landmines and indicated it was moving closer to signing the Mine Ban Treaty. The Treaty, which was adopted at the Ottawa Conference in 1997, seeks to completely eradicate landmines by prohibiting State Parties from using, stockpiling, producing, or transferring anti-personnel landmines. US accession to the Treaty would greatly advance global de-mining efforts, both by lending legitimacy to the Treaty and by bringing the US under its conditions. In light of this significant development, Scott Falls has put together the following infographic outlining the global use of landmines and the international community’s efforts to eradicate them.


Landmines and warfare

Scott Falls
Scott is a Reserach Analyst with the NATO Association of Canada and former program editor for the NATO Association of Canada’s Global Horizons. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds an Honors B.A. in Political Science. While at Western, Scott was a student researcher with the Leadership and Democracy Lab, a student-run think tank that publishes political risk assessments on democratizing third-world nations. He also studied abroad at the University of Leeds in Northern England in 2013, focusing his studies on terrorism, political violence, and American foreign policy. Scott’s research interests include politics and security in North and West Africa, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, intrastate conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, and diplomacy and multilateralism.