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Weapons identification workshop for journalists

Main image: A journalist documents mortar projectiles in Iraq, 2003. Source: Chang Lee/ The New York Times

6—7 September 2016, New York

The proliferation and use of small arms and light weapons play an important role in numerous issues of global concern, such as armed conflict, crime, governance, and development. Knowledge of these weapons is key to understanding and reporting on these and other critical issues.

The Small Arms Survey has developed a series of workshops specifically for journalists aimed at expanding and improving reporting on weapons and ammunition.

This workshop will provide an overview of the contemporary landscape of weapons proliferation and control, including how weapons make their way from legitimate users to non-state armed groups and criminal organizations.

Participants will be taught how to identify and record weapons and ammunition encountered in the field with a particular focus on tracing weapons to their sources and understanding the strategic and diplomatic implications of their proliferation. Workshop attendees will also learn how to gather and interpret data on arms sales and illicit trafficking from  several key research tools, including UN and government databases, NGO research sources, and social media.

The workshop will include case studies and opportunities for participants to present and discuss their own experiences, including weapons that they have encountered in the field. Presenters will include experienced researchers and journalists.

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