Wassenaar Arrangement: Plenary Meeting Approves Updated Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual Use Goods
On December 11-12, delegations from the U.S. and forty other Participating States met in Vienna to discuss export controls on conventional weapons and dual use goods during the annual Wassenaar Arrangement plenary meeting. These export controls help keep weapons and other sensitive equipment out of the hands of terrorists or states who might pose a danger to international peace and security.
Throughout 2012, groups of technical experts and policymakers met under the rubric of the Wassenaar Arrangement to discuss what changes should be made to update export controls in line with technological change and to exchange views on geographic areas of concern, best practices, and other issues of mutual interest.
Ms. Ann Ganzer from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation led the U.S. delegation, which included Commerce, Defense, and State Department representatives, to this year’s plenary meeting. The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna supports the U.S. delegation to the plenary and numerous other Wassenaar Arrangement meetings throughout the year, and serves as the day-to-day liaison with the Wassenaar Arrangement between plenary meetings.
During the plenary, the U.S. and all other Participating States agreed to numerous changes in the lists of conventional arms and sensitive technologies.