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Issue Briefs

Small Arms Survey Issue Briefs each offer a  concise overview of a specific, policy-relevant topic, often as part of a series resulting from one of the Survey's Focus Projects. Briefing Papers offer informed perspectives on pertinent small arms issues.

Issue Briefs from the Human Security Baseline Assessment (HSBA) for Sudan and South Sudan are listed separately.

General Issue Briefs

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Briefing Papers

  • 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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Armed Actors Issue Briefs

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

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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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  • 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 Issue Briefs

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

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

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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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  • 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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The Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative

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

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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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India Armed Violence Assessment

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Lebanon Armed Violence Assessment

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

  • Peace without Security: Violence against Women and Girls in Liberia, September 2012. Issue Brief No. 3
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  • Reading between the Lines: Crime and Victimization in Liberia, September 2011. Issue Brief No. 2
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  • A Legacy of War? Perceptions of Security in Liberia, September 2011. Issue Brief No. 1
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Nepal Armed Violence Assessment

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

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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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  • 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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Security Assessment in North Africa

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

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Timor-Leste Armed Violence Assessment

  • After the guns fall silent: Sexual and gender-based violence in
    Timor-Leste
    , November 2009. Issue Brief No. 5
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  • Tracking violence in Timor-Leste: A sample of emergency room data, 2006-08, October 2009. Issue Brief No. 4
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  • Electoral violence in Timor-Leste: mapping incidents and responses, June 2009. Issue Brief No. 3
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  • Groups, gangs, and armed violence in Timor-Leste, April 2009. Issue Brief No. 2
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  • Dealing with the kilat: An historical overview of small arms availability and arms control in Timor-Leste, October 2008. Issue Brief No. 1
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Yemen Armed Violence Assessment

  • 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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  • Fault lines: Tracking armed violence in Yemen, May 2010.
    Yemen Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 1 (also available in Arabic)

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Sudan Human Security Baseline Assessment

Sudan HSBA Issue Briefs are listed separately. 

 
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