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Recent Publications

  • Rogue Rocketeers: Artillery Rockets and Armed Groups, by Matt Schroeder, July 2014. Working Paper No. 19

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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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Research Notes

Research Notes on armed groups:

Armed Groups

Armed groups are armed organizations that challenge the state’s monopoly of legitimate coercive force. They include a variety of actors, including opposition and insurgent movements, pro-government militias, and community-based vigilante groups. Even though armed groups possess less than one per cent of the world’s small arms, they can often procure sophisticated types of weaponry.  Roughly 60 armed groups have reportedly accessed man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS) and anti-tank guided weapons between 1998 and 2012, for instance. Some armed groups are also reported to deliberately use their small arms against civilians during armed conflicts, in contradiction with international humanitarian law. 

The Small Arms Survey maps and documents the origins, motivations, structures, and membership of a variety of armed groups around the world, whether they fight against the state, against other actors, or in support of the state. Field research has made it possible to produce detailed profiles, including on arms holdings and sources of weaponry, of several dozen armed groups, notably in the PhilippinesSudanUganda, and West Africa. The Survey also contributes to a better understanding of some of the key questions related to armed groups, such as the factors that contribute to their respect—or lack thereof—for humanitarian norms, their impact on human security (including the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict), and lessons learned from disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programmes.

Small Arms Survey Publications

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The Sudan Human Security Baseline Assessment project has produced more than three dozen in-depth reports on aspects of armed violence, small arms, and insecurity in Sudan. These reports can be accessed via the HSBA publications page. 

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