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Arms Trade & Security Research

For over two decades, IPIS has developed solid expertise on arms trade and related issues.  IPIS researchers have published detailed reports separately and in association with other partners, including as consultancy work for the United Nations and for Amnesty International, on problematic transfers of arms and their logistics. Case studies by IPIS have demonstrated how small arms, light weapons, major weapons systems and associated equipment are supplied and used to facilitate patterns of violence and violations of international law, creating instability and undermining development. In-depth data has been collected and analyses made of the intricacies of the arms supply-chain, brokering activities, means of transport, and the impact of poorly regulated and illicit transfers in order to improve the effectiveness of various arms control mechanisms and instruments.

IPIS research contributes to national and international initiatives that aim to:

  • Prevent irresponsible arms transfers that exacerbate violence, conflict and repression
  • Address weak controls on the physical movements of conventional arms through means of transport, routes, and borders
  • Expose links between irresponsible and illicit arms flows and the exploitation of natural resources by State and non-State actors
  • Help build skills and institutional capacities through training materials and activities to improve arms trade controls
  • Carry out field research on arms trade and trafficking activities

IPIS has expertise on:

  • Arms Trading
 • Illicit Arms Trafficking 
• Arms Trade Control Mechanisms 
• Arms Trade Reporting Systems 
• Arms Trade Statistics
  • Arms Brokering and Dealing 
• Arms-Related Corruption 
• Defence Logistics
• Logistics of Natural Resources 
• Arms Proliferation 
• Stockpiles
  • Military Weapon Systems 
• Police Weapon Systems 
• Inhumane Weapons • Arms Transport 
• Border and Port Controls • Transit and Trans-shipment

In cooperation with Transarms (based in Chicago) we have developed a joint databank on transport and logistics companies, transport events, and documents related to the arms trade. More information to be found here: LogTransDB.