New Briefing Paper on arms transfers to Afghanistan between 2002 and 2021
Following the Taliban’s assumption of control in Afghanistan in August 2021, uncertainty has persisted about the scale, scope, and specific elements of the arsenal it captured from the previous regime. A new report from the Small Arms Survey, based on hitherto unpublished official data, provides the most refined picture to date of the arsenals captured by the Taliban.
Calculable Losses? Arms transfers to Afghanistan 2002–21—a new Briefing Paper from the Small Arms Survey’s Contributing to Preventing Arms Proliferation from, within, and to Afghanistan project—analyses the publicly available data on arms exports to Afghanistan, identifies gaps in this data, and provides previously unreleased data obtained from the US government.
For more, check out:
- Arms Smuggling Dynamics under Taliban Rule—a Situation Update that reports on the recent field investigations in the country, and the risks for arms proliferation under the Taliban.
- Taliban Arms Management Practices—a Situation Update that examines the extent to which the Taliban has been able to exert control over weapons in the country.
- The Contributing to Preventing Arms Proliferation from, within, and to Afghanistan page
- Afghanistan outputs in our Resource Library
Other news from the Survey:
- New Situation Update on how the war in Ukraine has affected civilian perspectives on firearm possession
- New INSIGHT papers on illicit firearms ammunition and other explosive munitions, and privately made firearms (PMFs) in the European Union
- New update to the Global Violent Deaths (GVD) database
- New Regional Committee established to advise the project: ‘Pathway to Policy: Integrating Security and Public Health Responses to Firearms Trafficking and Violence in the Caribbean’
- New report on improvised explosive devices in West Africa