Taking Stock of Action on the Illicit Small Arms Trade: Covid-19 and ’Silencing the Guns’

Lionel Kosirnik and Bryan Mutiso

'As the devastating health and economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to be felt around the world, the impact of the crisis on peace and security in Africa and more specifically on the African Union’s (AU) Silencing the guns initiative, is beginning to emerge. The 12th panel of the Small Arms Survey’s 2020 online forum ‘Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade’ looked at the challenges posed to peace and security in Africa by the pandemic, explored ways of moving forward with the Silencing the guns initiative despite the health crisis, and highlighted how illicit flows of weapons continue to be a major destabilising factor on the continent. This blog post provides a short overview of some of the topics covered...'

Keywords: Covid-19 Illicit trafficking African Union Silencing the Guns