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Briefing Papers

Small Arms Survey Briefing Papers each offer a concise overview of a specific, policy-relevant topic, usually from research towards other, larger publications or as part of a series resulting from one of the Survey's Focus ProjectsBriefing Papers propose informed perspectives on pertinent small arms and armed violence issues.

This section also includes the Research Note and Issue Brief series.

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  • Measuring Illicit Arms Flows: Ukraine, by Anton Martyniuk. Briefing Paper, April 2017. 

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  • Southern Libya Destabilized: The Case of Ubari, by Rebecca Murray. SANA Briefing Paper, April 2017.

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  • Tracking Conflict-related Deaths: A Preliminary Overview of Monitoring Systems, by Irene Pavesi. Briefing Paper, March 2017.

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  • Measuring Illicit Arms Flows: Niger, by Savannah de Tessières. Briefing Paper, March 2017 (also available in French).

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  • Facilitating PSSM Assistance in the Sahel and Beyond: Introducing the PSSM Priorities Matrix, December 2016. Issue Brief No. 18 (also available in French).

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  • A Gendered Analysis of Violent Deaths, November 2016. Research Note No. 63.

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  • Measuring Illicit Arms Flows: Honduras, November 2016. Research Note No. 62 (also available in Spanish).

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  • Measuring Illicit Arms Flows: Somalia, October 2016. Research Note No. 61 (also available in Arabic).

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  • Firearms and Violent Deaths, October 2016. Research Note No. 60.

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  • Monitoring Trends in Violent Deaths, September 2016. Research Note No. 59.

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  • A New Development Agenda: Bridging the Development–Security Divide, June 2016. Research Note No. 58.

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  • Measuring Illicit Arms Flows: SDG Target 16.4, May 2016. Research Note No. 57.

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  • The Online Trade of Light Weapons in Libya, by N. R. Jenzen-Jones and Graeme Rice, April 2016. Security Assessment in North Africa Dispatch No. 6.

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  • Dribs and Drabs: The Mechanics of Small Arms Trafficking from the United States, March 2016. Issue Brief No. 17.

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  • Checks and Balances: Securing Small Arms during Peace Operations, February 2016. Issue Brief No. 16.

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  • Down, but Not Out: The FDLR in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, January 2016. Research Note No. 56, Armed Actors.

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  • Syria's Armed Opposition: A Spotlight on the 'Moderates', by Saskia Baas, January 2016. Security Assessment in North Africa Dispatch No. 5.

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  • Recoilless Weapons, December 2015. Research Note No. 55, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Voicing Concern: Surveying People's Priorities in Violent Settings, December 2015. Issue Brief No. 15. 

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  • Unheard and Uncounted: Violence against Women in India, October 2015. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 5.

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  • Diversion of Arms and Ammunition in Peace Operations: Observations based on Missions in Sudan and South Sudan, September 2015. Research Note No. 54, Armed Actors (also available in French).

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  • There and Back: Trajectories of North African Foreign Fighters in Syria, July 2015. Security Assessment in North Africa Issue Brief No. 3.

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  • Violent Deaths due to Legal Interventions, July 2015. Research Note No. 53, Armed Violence.

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  • Missing Missiles: The Proliferation of Man-portable Air Defence Systems in North Africa, June 2015. Security Assessment in North Africa Issue Brief No. 2. (also available in Arabic).

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  • Documenting Small Arms and Light Weapons: A Basic Guide, July 2015. Issue Brief No. 14 (also available in French).

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  • What the National Reports Reveal: Trends in UN PoA and ITI Reporting, June 2015. Issue Brief No. 13.

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  • Floating Armouries in the Indian Ocean, May 2015. Research Note No. 52, Armed Actors.

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  • Guided Mortar Systems, April 2015. Research Note No. 51, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Reducing Illicit Arms Flows and the New Development Agenda, March 2015. Research Note No. 50, Armed Violence.

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  • Every Body Counts: Measuring Violent Deaths, March 2015. Research Note No. 49, Armed Violence.

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  • Automatic Grenade Launchers, February 2015. Research Note No. 48, Weapons and Markets.

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  • MANPADS Proliferation Reduction by Design: On Countermeasures and Kill Switches, February 2015. Issue Brief No. 11.

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  • From Replica to Real: An Introduction to Firearms Conversions, February 2015. Issue Brief No. 10.

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  • One Meeting after Another: UN Process Update, February 2015. Issue Brief No. 12.

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  • Armed Groups and Guided Light Weapons: 2014 Update with MENA Focus, December 2014. Research Note No. 47, Armed Actors. (also available in Arabic)

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  • The Highway Routes: Small Arms Smuggling in Eastern Nepal, November 2014. Nepal Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 4 (see also Annexe).

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  • Countering Improvised Explosive Devices, October 2014. Research Note No. 46, Weapons and Markets. 

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  • Women and Gun Ownership, September 2014. Research Note No. 45, Armed Actors.

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  • Handgun Ownership and Armed Violence in the Western Balkans, September 2014. Armed Violence Issue Brief No. 4.

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  • Firearm Suicides, August 2014. Research Note No. 44, Armed Violence.

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  • Searching for Stability: Perceptions of Security, Justice, and Firearms in Libya, August 2014. Security Assessment in North Africa Issue Brief No. 1 (also available in Arabic).

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  • Fire and Forget: The Proliferation of Man-portable Air Defence Systems in Syria, August 2014. Issue Brief No. 9.

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  • Producers of Small Arms, Light Weapons, and Their Ammunition, July 2014. Research Note No. 43, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Feeding the Fire: Illicit Small Arms Ammunition in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia, July 2014. Issue Brief No. 8.

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  • Evolving Traditional Practices: Managing Small Arms in the Horn of Africa and Karamoja Cluster, June 2014. Armed Actors Issue Brief No. 3 (see also Annexe).

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  • Implementation in Practice: National Points of Contact in the RECSA Region, June 2014. Issue Brief No. 7.

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  • Documenting Weapons in Situations of Armed Conflict: Methods and Trends, June 2014. Research Note No. 42, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Taking Stock of Excess Stockpiles: UEMS in South-east Europe, May 2014. Research Note No. 41, Measures and Programmes (also available in BCMS and Bulgarian).

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  • Excess Arms in South Sudan: Security Forces and Surplus Management, April 2014. Issue Brief No. 6.

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  • Foreign Jihadism in Syria: The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, by Laurent Vinatier, April 2014. Security Assessment in North Africa Dispatch No. 4 (also available in Arabic).

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  • Firearms and Violence in Honduras, March 2014. Research Note No. 39, Armed Violence (also available in Spanish).

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  • Libya’s Fractious South and Regional Instability, by Wolfram Lacher, February 2014. Security Assessment in North Africa Dispatch No. 3 (also available in Arabic and Turkish).

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  • Traditional Military Rifles, January 2014. Research Note No. 38, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Small Arms of the Indian State: A Century of Procurement and Production, January 2014. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 4 (also available in Hindi).

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  • Small-calibre Ammunition in Libya: An Update, by N.R. Jenzen-Jones, December 2013. Security Assessment in North Africa Dispatch No. 2 (also available in Arabic).

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  • Industrial Demilitarization of Conventional Ammunition, December 2013. Research Note No. 37, Measures and Programmes (also available in BCMS and Bulgarian).

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  • Marking of Firearms and Ammunition, November 2013. Research Note No. 36, Measures and Programmes.

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  • Risky Business? Crime and Security Perceptions in the Nepali Private Sector, November 2013. Nepal Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 3 (also available in Nepali).

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  • Parts of Small Arms and Light Weapons, October 2013. Research Note No. 35, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Geospatial Technologies and Crime: The Jamaican Experience, October 2013. Armed Violence Issue Brief No. 3.

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  • Data Sources and the Estimation of Military-owned Small Arms, September 2013. Research Note No. 34, Armed Actors (see Annexe).

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  • Efficacy of Small Arms Control Measures and National Reporting: Learning from Africa, August 2013. Research Note No. 33, Measures and Programmes (also available in Arabic, French, and Portuguese).

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  • Non-lethal Firearm Violence, July 2013. Research Note No. 32, Armed Violence (also available in French).

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  • FAL Rifles in Libya: A Guide to Data Gathering, by Damien Spleeters, July 2013. Security Assessment in North Africa Dispatch No. 1 (also available in Arabic).

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  • Armed Groups’ Holdings of Guided Light Weapons, June 2013. Research Note No. 31, Armed Actors (also available in BCMS and Bulgarian).

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  • The Arms Trade Treaty: A Step Forward in Small Arms Control?, June 2013. Research Note No. 30, Measures and Programmes (also available in Arabic, French,  and Spanish).

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  • Ad Hoc Arsenals: PSSM Practices of Selected Non-state Actors, May 2013. Armed Actors Issue Brief No. 2.

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  • Legacies of War in the Company of Peace: Firearms in Nepal, May 2013. Nepal Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 2 (also available in Nepali).

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  • The Missing Middle: Examining the Armed Group Phenomenon in Nepal, May 2013. Nepal Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 1 (also available in Nepali).

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  • At War's End: Armed Violence in Nepal, May 2013. Research Note No. 29, Armed Violence (also available in Nepali).

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  • Lessons Learned from Weapon-marking Initiatives, April 2013. Research Note No. 28, Measures and Programmes (also available in French).

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  • Demobilization in the DRC: Armed Groups and the Role of Organizational Control, April 2013. Armed Actors Issue Brief No. 1.

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  • Armed Violence Monitoring Systems, March 2013. Research Note No. 27, Armed Violence (also available in Arabic and in Spanish).

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  • Accessories for Small Arms and Light Weapons, February 2013. Research Note No. 26, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Military Assault Rifles, January 2013. Research Note No. 25, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Dynamic Disposal: An Introduction to Mobile and Transportable Industrial Ammunition Demilitarization Equipment, January 2013. The Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative, Issue Brief No. 3 (also available in Albanian, BCMS, and Bulgarian).

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  • Estimating Law Enforcement Firearms, December 2012. Research Note No. 24, Armed Actors (see Annexe)

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  • Political Conflict and Vulnerabilities: Firearms and Electoral Violence in Kenya, December 2012. Armed Violence Issue Brief No. 2.

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  • Urban Armed Violence, November 2012. Research Note No. 23, Armed Violence. 

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  • Tracking National Homicide Rates: Generating Estimates Using Vital Registration Data, November 2012. Armed Violence Issue Brief No. 1 (see also Annexe 1, Annexe 2, Annexe 3).

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  • Pistols and Revolvers, October 2012. Research Note No. 22, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Regional Organizations and the PoA, September 2012. Research Note No. 21, Measures and Programmes (also available in French and Spanish).

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  • Peace without Security: Violence against Women and Girls in Liberia, September 2012. Liberia Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 3.

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  • 2012 and Beyond: Advocacy and Action in the UN Small Arms Process, by Jim McLay, August 2012. Briefing Paper No. 2.

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  • Assessing Transparency in Small Arms Exports: The Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, August 2012. Research Note No. 20, Weapons and Markets.

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  • A Heavy Hand: The Use of Force by India's Police, August 2012. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 3 (also available in Hindi).

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  • Reducing Armed Violence, Enabling Development, July 2012. Research Note No. 19, Armed Violence.

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  • Armed Groups in Libya: Typology and Roles, June 2012. Research Note No. 18, Armed Actors (also available in Arabic).

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  • Armed Violence: Spotlight on Lethal Effects, May 2012. Research Note No. 17, Armed Violence.

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  • Anti-tank Guided Weapons, April 2012. Research Note No. 16, Weapons and Markets (also available in BCMS and Bulgarian).

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  • Buy and Burn: Factoring Demilitarization into Ammunition Procurement, April 2012. A joint publication of the Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR), the US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, and the Small Arms Survey. RASR Issue Brief No. 2 (also available in Albanian, BCMS and Bulgarian).

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  • An Arms Trade Treaty: Will It Support or Supplant the PoA?, March 2012. Research Note No. 15, Measures and Programmes.

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  • Precedent in the Making: The UN Meeting of Governmental Experts, March 2012. Issue Brief No. 5.

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  • Weapons Tracing and Peace Support Operations: Theory or Practice?, March 2012. Issue Brief No. 4 (also available in French).

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  • Femicide: A Global Problem, February 2012. Research Note No. 14, Armed Violence (also available in Arabic).

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  • Regulating Armed Groups from Within: A Typology, January 2012. Research Note No. 13, Armed Actors.

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  • Ammunition Marking: Current Practices and Future Possibilities, December 2011. Issue Brief No. 3.

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  • Small Arms Transfers: Importing States, November 2011. Research Note No. 12, Weapons and Markets (also available in Catalan and Spanish).

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  • Small Arms Transfers: Exporting States, October 2011. Research Note No. 11, Weapons and Markets (also available in Catalan and Spanish).

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  • The PoA: Review of National Reports, October 2011, updated March 2012. Research Note No. 10, Measures and Programmes (also available in Catalan and Spanish).

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  • Mapping Murder: The Geography of Indian Firearm Fatalities, September 2011. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 2 (also available in Hindi).

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  • India's States of Armed Violence: Assessing the Human Cost and Political Priorities, September 2011. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 1 (also available in Hindi).

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  • Reading between the Lines: Crime and Victimization in Liberia, September 2011. Liberia Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 2.

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  • Estimating Civilian Owned Firearms, September 2011. Research Note No. 9, Armed Actors (also available in Catalan and Spanish).

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  • A Legacy of War? Perceptions of Security in Liberia, September 2011. Liberia Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 1.

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  • Less-lethal Weapons, July 2011. Research Note No. 8, Weapons and Markets. 

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  • Anti-materiel Rifles, June 2011. Research Note No. 7, Weapons and Markets (also available in BCMS and Bulgarian). 

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  • Scraping the Barrel: The Trade in Surplus Ammunition, April 2011. Issue Brief No. 2.

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  • Heavy Machine Guns (including anti-aircraft guns), April 2011. Research Note No. 5, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Private Security Companies’ Firearms Stockpiles, March 2011. Research Note No. 4, Armed Actors.

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  • Craft Production of Small Arms, March 2011. Research Note No. 3, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Mortars, February 2011. Research Note No. 2, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Man-Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS), January 2011. Research Note No. 1, Weapons and Markets (also availabe in Arabic, BCMS, and Bulgarian).

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  • The Method behind the Mark: A Review of Firearm Marking Technologies, December 2010. Issue Brief No. 1.

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  • South-east European Surplus Arms: State Policies and Practices, November 2010. The Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative, Issue Brief No. 1 (also available in Albanian and BCMS).

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  • Under Pressure: Social Violence Over Land and Water in Yemen, October 2010. Yemen Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 2 (also available in Arabic).

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  • Security Provision in Southern Lebanon: Surveying Public Opinion, May 2010. Lebanon Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 1.

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  • Fault Lines: Tracking Armed Violence in Yemen, May 2010. Yemen Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 1 (also available in Arabic). See also the supplement to this Issue Brief.

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