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Armed Conflict and Disarmament Selected Central African Case Studies

"This monograph considers the nature and extent of armed conflict, the misuse and proliferation of small arms, as well as disarmament processes (or the lack thereof) in three Central African states: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the ...

SANDF Control of the Northern and Eastern Border Areas of South Africa

"Field research undertaken for this paper originally aimed to focus on the illegal movement of firearms across South Africa’s international borders. However, it was difficult to separate the issue of firearms from that of illegal immigration or ev...

People Power: How Civil Society Blocked an Arms Shipment for Zimbabwe

"In April 2008, a Chinese ship carrying arms destined for Zimbabwe’s Defence Force attempted to offload those weapons in Durban’s harbour, so that they might be transported across South African territory to land-locked Zimbabwe. South African civ...

Tackling the aftermath of Libya’s ‘Arab Spring’: Addressing the Small Arms Issue

"The ‘Arab Spring’ - the term used for the popular uprisings against repressive leaders in North Africa and parts of the Middle East - not only took most of the world by surprise, but more disturbingly portrayed the ruthlessness with which the emb...

Addressing Emerging Security Threats in Post-Gaddafi Sahel and ECOWAS Response to the Malian Crises

"This policy paper examines the broader impact of post-Gaddafi security challenges on West African states, with particular emphasis on the Sahelian regions. This will be juxtaposed against the old insecurities serving as long time precursors. As t...

The Root Causes of the Somali Piracy

"Throughout this paper it has been the goal to identify the root causes of the piracy crisis in Somalia, how the crisis itself has transformed over time, efforts to respond to it, and the extent of success. The greatest component that enables all ...

Lowering the Anchor on Maritime Insecurity along the Gulf of Guinea : Lessons from Operation Prosperity

"In November 2011, at the request of the African Union (AU) President, Boni Yayi of Benin, the United Nations Secretary-General sent a delegation to the Gulf of Guinea. The team was to assess the Gulf’s piracy situation and make appropriate recomm...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 28 No.3 May-June 2016

"The text of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which came into force in December 2014, has been hailed as a milestone in facilitating the regulation of international arms transfers. Africa countries where instrumental in the process; forty seven African...

Priorities for African States Negotiating for an Arms Trade Treaty

"A strong Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is needed because of the poorly regulated international transfer of conventional arms and the current absence of global standards based on human rights and international humanitarian law to control such transfers....

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