The politics of banning cluster bombs

September 3, 2015

Forty years after the United States stopped its indiscriminate bombardment of Indochina, the scars remain.

In the countryside in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the land is pockmarked with bomb craters. Each year, hundreds of farmers and schoolchildren, deminers and civilians are killed or injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance.

But ahead of a conference to be held in Croatia starting Sept. 7 — the first review since the United Nations-backed Convention on Cluster Munitions came into place in August 2010 — geopolitics continues to stall progress.



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