The end of armed conflict does not always mark the end of civilian casualties. Weapons from the conflict continue to pose a threat to local populations and hamper long-term economic development to this day. The United States is committed to help overcome such threats, from landmines and explosive remnants of war, as well as the destruction of at-risk and unsecured weapons and munitions in over 90 countries around the world. For example, the Department of State’s Bureau of Political Military Affairs’ Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement maintains a Quick Reaction Force that can respond in as little as 48 hours to emergencies across the globe related to these explosive hazards. DipNote»

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future