"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 Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad. These three countries are amongst the seven lowest in terms of human development (out of 177 countries), and all have experienced frequent episodes of armed conflict since being granted independence. The central objectives of this publication are to provide an objective analysis of the dynamics of armed conflict, small arms proliferation and misuse, and disarmament in the DRC, CAR and Chad. The aim is to educate policymakers, donor organisations and the SALW research community on the complexities of these related issues in Central Africa."