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Overview

The Wassenaar Arrangement:

  • Contributes to regional and international security and stability
  • Promotes transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies
  • Complements and reinforces the existing control regimes for weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems
  • Is not directed against any state or group of states.
  • Uses export controls as a means to combat terrorism

The Wassenaar Arrangement follows "Guidelines and Procedures, including the Initial Elements". The "Initial Elements" were originally established in 1996 and set out the Purposes and Scope of the Arrangement. They also cover the Wassenaar Arrangement approach on:

  • Control Lists
  • Procedures for the General Information Exchange
  • Procedures for the Exchange of Information on Dual-Use Goods and Technology
  • Procedures for the Exchange of Information on Arms
  • Meetings and Administration
  • Participation
  • Confidentiality

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