Selective Approval: Taliban Weapons Controls in Afghanistan’s Balkh Province

Submitted by Katie Lazaro on 29 April, 2024

Situation Update: Balkh Province, Afghanistan

Located in the north-east of Afghanistan and sharing borders with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Balkh province hosts ethnically diverse populations, and power in the province has historically rested with non-Pashtun communities, particularly Tajiks and Uzbeks.

Arms Trade to Africa Can Be Opaque: Why This is Dangerous

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 9 February, 2022

'Eolika, a Guyana-flagged cargo vessel, had already been detained in the port of Senegalese capital, Dakar due to 'inconsistent' declarations. Authorities in the West African nation then searched the ship, seizing three containers of Italian manufactured ammunition worth an estimated US$5 million. According to initial accounts, port authorities in La Spezia authorised the shipment, which was reportedly headed to the Dominican Republic.

Taking Stock of Action on the Illicit Small Arms Trade: The Way Forward for Tackling the Illicit Small Arms Trade

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'Discussions on new dynamics and approaches to consider at the multilateral and national levels for tackling the illicit small arms trade should unfold in parallel as new challenges emerge. This blog post gives an overview of the main points raised during the high-level panel in the eleventh session of the Small Arms Survey 2020 online forum ‘Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade’.

Taking Stock of Action on the Illicit Small Arms Trade: Combating the Illicit Trade in and Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Member States of the League of Arab States

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'The League of Arab States (LAS), INTERPOL, the Small Arms Survey, and the World Customs Organization (WCO) — supported by the EU — are working together on a joint project to combat the illicit trade in, and proliferation of, small arms and light weapons in LAS Member States.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, but If You Try, Can You Get What You Need (to Address the Illicit Small Arms Trade)?

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'In July 2001, United Nations (UN) member states adopted by consensus the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). It is a UN instrument that outlines measures to be taken to regulate small arms throughout their life cycle in order to prevent their diversion to the illicit small arms trade, and improve the detection of illicit small arms and subsequently remove them from circulation.

The Highway Routes: Small Arms Smuggling in Eastern Nepal (NAVA Issue Brief 4)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 24 November, 2020

In 2013, the Small Arms Survey  estimated that there are around 440,000 civilian firearms in circulation in Nepal, only 55,000 of which are legally registered. The availability of firearms in the country is moderate by international standards, but the concentration of small arms in the hands of criminal groups poses a threat to law and order that has yet to be fully assessed and addressed.