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States Negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty A Toolkit for African States

"The toolkit exclusively focuses on the three core components of a future ATT, namely scope, criteria and implementation. Considerable detail is provided on each of these content areas in relatively straightforward terms in order for the toolkit to …

Arms Control, South African Style The Dynamics of Post-1994 Arms Export Control Policy

"The paper presents a concise overview of the history of South Africa’s pre-1994 arms industry, the post-1994 debates on arms exports policy and an update on current events. This is followed by an examination of a fitting arms transfer policy by fo…

Operations Rachel 1995 - 2001

"Operations Rachel is a bilateral co-operation agreement on arms destruction between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM), effective since 1996. The specific co-operation is taking the form of a …

Is Ituri on the Road to Stability? An Update on the Current Security Situation in the District

"This situation report aims to provide a snapshot of the current situation in the Ituri district in the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). For the past six years this area has been torn apart by violent conflict involvi…

The Role of Firearms in Crime in South Africa A Detailed Analysis of Police Dockets

"Police dockets provide one of the few comprehensive sources of information from which to draw a broad range of data on firearm-related crimes. In this research, it was found that docket analysis as a source was limited by the incomplete evidence co…

Angola and Ukraine: Unlikely bedfellows

This update discusses the relationship between Angola and the Ukraine. The Ukraine has been supplying both UNITA and the Government of Angola with weapons. This supply of arms might tip the strategic balance in Luanda in favour of those who prefer …

Defence Acquisitions - Unpacking the Package Deals

"This paper provides an interpretation of the major overseas defence procurement packages presently under public discussion which will hopefully be accessible to the lay person. Some of the items such as the procurement of corvettes have been in the…

Arms Management Programme : Operations Rachel 1996 - 1999

"One of the main characteristics of the operations undertaken as part of Operation Rachel is that they have been intelligence-driven. It was agreed that both the Mozambican and South African police forces would gather information about cache locatio…

Weapons Flows in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland

"The purpose of the current monograph is to detail the existence of weapons within three individual countries in Southern Africa and to give an indication of steps that have been taken by governments, and in some cases civil society, to prevent the…

Ticking Time Bombs Ineffective Weapons Stockpile Management in Africa

"Weapons and ammunition explosions at government depots,in particular at military stockpiles across the world, highlight the risks posed by inadequately managed and poorly stored weapons stockpiles. In Africa, the physical risks posed by these stock…

Managing National Commissions for Small Arms and Light Weapons Control in West Africa

The proliferation and the abuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW) contributes to the deterioration of physical security, degrades access to and availability of social services and eventually undermines development. In West Africa, although the…

Mitigating Threats to Human Security: An Examination of Small Arms Stockpile Management in West Africa

Security threats emanating from poorly managed stockpiles in the ECOWAS region call for a critical examination of existing initiatives addressing stockpiles. Thus a holistic look at the laws, human resources and context of stockpile control is essen…

Conflict Trends Special Edition 2020: Silencing the Guns; Plant Trees not Bombs

The article “The guns requires a multi-pronged approach” by Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, the African Union high representative for silencing the guns in Africa is an edited version of a statement delivered by Ambassador Lamamra at the 36th Civil Soci…

Les Armes Non-létales: Vers la Guerre Propre? / Non-Lethal Weapons: Towards Clean War?

Starting in the nineteen sixties, strategic doctrine gradually saw the advent of so-called "non-lethal" weapons, first as a concept, then as a highly promising area for advanced technologies. Authors of this article provide a synthesis of "non-letha…

Manufacturing Torture? South Africa’s Trade in Electric Shock Equipment

The trade in certain kinds of firearms and military equipment in South Africa, is controlled for reasons of safety and security. However, a perceived gap in legislation exists when it comes to the control of law enforcement equipment that can facil…

Paving the Way to Silencing the Guns in Africa: Interventions, Challenges and Options in the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapon

"The proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their abuse have been identified as a major trigger and accelerator of conflicts in Africa. It has negative impact on human security as well as security at the community, national, and re…

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 s…

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