Dominance without Legitimacy: Tong Akeen Ngor’s Reign in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State

Submitted by Katie Lazaro on 12 June, 2024

Tong Akeen Ngor, the governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, South Sudan, has consolidated his grip on power by buying support, detaining members of the opposition, and ingratiating himself with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. Tong Akeen, however, lacks popularity. The state has traditionally been an SPLM stronghold, and he is seen as an NCP interloper from the north.

Road to RevCon4: A Public Health Crisis—Small Arms Trafficking and Violence in the Caribbean

Submitted by Katie Lazaro on 11 June, 2024

Small arms trafficking and violence in the Caribbean have turned into a public health crisis in the Caribbean. The heads of government from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) declared violence and crime a public health issue in April 2023. The proliferation of small arms in the Caribbean fuels homicide rates, which are already among the highest in the world. Public hospitals are receiving more people with gunshot wounds and extending expensive care on the survivors.

Meaningful Partners: Opportunities for Collaboration between Women, Peace and Security, and Small Arms Control at the National Level

Submitted by Katie Lazaro on 30 January, 2024

National actors working in small arms control and on women, peace, and security (WPS) share commitments to reduce suffering, maintain peace and security, and contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, while these cross references are increasingly commonplace in the international policy framework, this does not often translate into harmonized references in national action plans (NAPs) on WPS and small arms control.

Global Violent Deaths in 2021

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 4 December, 2023

The Global Violent Deaths (GVD) database has been updated to include revised data on conflict deaths, intentional homicides, and killings during legal interventions between 2017 and 2021. The addition of the 2021 data to the GVD database—where the Small Arms Survey tracks and compiles statistics on violent deaths across 222 countries and territories—presents an alarming reversal in trends. The number of people who lost their life violently has dramatically increased in 2021, with firearms accounting for 45% of these deaths.

Turning Tides: A New Surge in Global Violent Deaths

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 1 December, 2023

'Although 2020 will be best remembered for the turmoil of COVID-19, it was also the year with the fewest violent deaths in a decade.

New 2021 figures from the Small Arms Survey's Global Violent Deaths (GVD) database, however, show a six percent rise in global deadly violence compared to 2020.

Such a surge hasn't happened since the infamous 2016 peak, when the devastating conflicts in Syria and Iraq were responsible for almost a fifth of the record number of violent fatalities...'

The Peace Operations Data Set (PODS)

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 16 June, 2023

The Small Arms Survey’s Peace Operations Data Set (PODS) documents attacks on peacekeepers and other incidents resulting in the loss of arms and ammunition. It is intended to support the development of effective checks and balances to enhance weapons and ammunition management (WAM) practices in peace operations and to promote the development of good practice.