Arms control limitations in the context of international law and the use of force evoke several observations. While many legal scholars outline circumstances authorizing or limiting the use of force, those concerned with arms control focus on mechanisms that constrain access to the most dangerous weapons. While other scholars review the legal rules applicable to states involVed in international or internal conflicts, analysts of arms control agreements will benefit very little from traditional notions of legal obligation. From many perspectives, arms control agreements seem to fall beyond the realm of international legal arrangements.