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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 implementing…

Controlling the Transfer of Arms Progress and Challenges in the African Context

"This paper argues that events over the past two years(since January 2006)have reinforced the need to locate efforts at strengthening controls over the transfer of small arms at the national and regional levels. This is for two reasons. First, while…

Addressing Small Arms and Light Weapon Issues in the Sahel Region: Utilizing Local Capacities

This policy brief highlights the detrimental effects of the proliferation and smuggling of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Sahel Region, where it is difficult for the governments alone to bring it under full control. It focuses particularly on t…

Beyond Enlightened Legislation: The Political Economy of SALW Manufacture in Ghana

In Ghana, small arms and light weapons (SALW) manufactured illegally constitute a source of proliferation which pose a threat to peace and security. This brief posits that the inherent ambiguities in the legislation regulating the manufacture of SAL…

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…

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