Methodology for estimating losses of arms and ammunition in peace operations

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 14 September, 2021

Check out this infographic for more on the methodology used to estimate losses of arms and ammunition in peace operations at the individual, squad, section, platoon, and company levels.

For more on this, check out our peace operations data set (PODS) here.

Available in:  ENGLISH

Selected notable incidents of weapons and ammunition losses in peace operations (1990–2018)

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 14 September, 2021

Check out this infographic for an overview of notable incidents of weapons and ammunition losses in peace operations during the period from 1990 to 2018.

For more on this, check out our peace operations data set (PODS) here.

Available in:  ENGLISH

Targeting Ammunition: A Primer

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 29 July, 2021

As has frequently been observed, ammunition and weapons are inextricably linked; without the former the latter cannot function. The effective regulation and control of the production, transfer, storage and destruction of ammunition is therefore vital to broader efforts to prevent, reduce and combat uncontrolled or illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) holdings and flows.

The Politics of Destroying Surplus Small Arms: Inconspicuous Disarmament

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 July, 2021

Although it receives much less attention than better known disarmament processes, the destruction of small arms is reshaping the military arsenals of the world. Out of roughly 200 million modern military small arms world-wide, about 500,000 are destroyed every year. The commitment of major governments and international organizations makes small arms destruction is a permanent addition to the global disarmament repertoire. But the prospects for greater military small arms disarmament may be declining, as war in Afghanistan and Iraq create unprecedented demand for second-hand weaponry.

Small Arms Survey 2001: Profiling the Problem

Submitted by Olivia Denonville on 10 June, 2021

The Small Arms Survey 2001: Profiling the Problem is an authoritative guide to all aspects of the problem of small arms and light weapons. It focuses on both small arms themselves (production, transfers, stockpiles), and on the processes and impacts of their world-wide proliferation.

Specific sections deal with issues such as arms brokering, the role of small arms and light weapons in particular conflict zones, current international initiatives and projects to stem their proliferation, and with broader social and economic effects (crime, public health, development).