When Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky met with President Joe Biden, on September 21, 2023, the topic of weapons supply was on the agenda. That same issue almost certainly came up between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when the pair met earlier in September. The fact is, with the conflict in Ukraine having now dragged on for more than a year and a half, both sides are increasingly desperate to keep the flow of arms going. And that has alarmed people like Izumi Nakamitsu, the United Nations’ high representative for disarmament affairs, who on Sept. 12 warned…
Nolan Fahrenkopf is a research fellow at the University of Albany's Center for Policy Research. He has extensive policy and research experience with international security, weapons proliferation and military power, and strategic trade controls.