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Arms Control Africa Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 1

"This issue focuses on recent arms control developments undertaken by African States. The first quarter of 2011 has shown significant progress with regard to Africa’s participation in international arms control and disarmament agreements. The glo...

Arms Control in a Rough Neighbourhood The case of the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa

"This paper examines the processes leading up to the adoption of the Nairobi Protocol and the establishment of a regional coordination body to oversee its implementation. It also attempts to assess regional and national progress made in implementi...

Private Security Sector in Africa: Country series

"As the debate around the private security industry continues, Africa in principle should not be isolated from it, because, if not properly understood, let alone effectively regulated, the industry could cause a major security threat to Africa. As...

Sierra Leone: Business More Than Usual

"This latest political mini-drama in Sierra Leone, happening far ahead of the elections themselves, would appear rather steeped in bathos: from having to deal with a uniquely brutal war – which necessitated the deployment of over 16 000 foreign tr...

Simpler, Better, Faster Review of the 2005 Firearms Amnesty

"This paper reviews the process of the 2005 firearms amnesty with particular focus on station level; assesses the meaning and impact of the amnesty, examining the factors for success; and offers suggestions for consideration for future amnesties. ...

South Africa’s Defence Industry Charting A New Course?

"The South African defence industry has evolved since its establishment in the 1960s. Once the generator of military equipment to the South African armed forces, today it is focused on the export market and engaging in international alliances to e...

Commitments by African Heads of State to Peace, Democracy, Human Rights and Associated Issues

"This document is a summary of the most important commitments made by African Heads of State and Government in recent years at the level of Summit Meetings of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). These commitments are reflected in decisions, r...

Offsetting the Costs of SA’s Strategic Defence Package

"Industrial offset programmes are often used in the defence trade worldwide to offset the effect of unusually large purchases by requiring a percentage of the contract value to be invested in some way in the economy of the purchasing country. As ...

Exploring Small Arms Demand A Youth Perspective

"The purpose of this paper is to begin exploring the complex relationships between arms proliferation, youth and security in the African context. While all three elements in the relationship stand alone as research, policy and advocacy issues, al...

The Impact of Small Arms in Tanzania Results of a Country Survey

"The first section of the report comprises the introduction. It outlines the purpose of the survey, as well as methodological considerations such as the sample demographics, research assumptions and data consideration. The second section of the r...

Attitudes to Firearms The Case of Kwa Mashu Tsolo-Qumbo and Lekoa Vaal

"The research presented in this monograph aimed to outline indicators of firearm penetration and attitudes to firearms by looking at three case-study areas: Lekoa-Vaal, Kwa Mashu and Tsolo-Qumbo. The three communities in these case studies were ch...

The SA Navy and an African Renaissance: Selected conference papers Annual Naval Conference 23 October 1997

"In capturing the spirit of the times, the conference is believed to serve as a significant milestone in the promotion of maritime awareness in South Africa. The contributions of eminent participants will, through stimulating informed discussion, ...

United Nations Report on Firearms Regulation

"The conclusions of the Commission's report place particular emphasis on the need for greater interagency and intergovernmental co-operation and co-ordination in addressing both licit and illicit firearm issues. The first part of this paper will r...

Stopping Guinea's Slide

Guinea risks becoming West Africa's next failed state. Its economy is faltering, the government has nearly ceased to provide services, and in 2004, there were isolated uprisings in at least eight towns and cities in all regions of the country. Get...

The Congo's Transition Is Failing-Crisis in the Kivus

As it approaches the end of its second year, the Congo's transition risks breaking apart on the unreconciled ambitions of the former civil war belligerents. Inability to resolve political differences in Kinshasa have been mirrored by new military ...

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2013

In ‘The Other Side of Drones: Saving Wildlife in Africa and Managing Global Crime’ the negative consequences of poaching are felt in Africa and around the world, governments and law enforcement may have a way to counter this threat: the use of una...

The 2014 South African Defense Review Rebuilding After Years of Abuse, Neglect and Decay

Cabinet approved the Defence Review in March 2014. The previous review with it's 15 chapters include considerable unnecessary background material. However this is as much a manual to fix the SANDF as it is a path towards the future. The result i...

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