The Ukraine war, environmental destruction and the question of ecocide

17 octobre 2023

Arms Trade Bulletin: September – October 2023 Early September, controversy erupted due to the US delivery of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition to Ukraine as part of their latest $175 million military aid package, including the M1A1 Abrams tanks. Despite the US following the UK’s example, which had already sent DU ammunitions, this is the second controversial US arms delivery since the

Reimagining Western engagement: New strategies for stability in the Sahel are underway

12 juillet 2023

On 29 September 2022, IPIS organised a panel discussion on the implications of the Ukraine invasion for Russia-Africa relations. The discussion touched upon shifting power balances, the role of Russian mercenaries and the impact of the war in Ukraine on the African and global diamond industry. Nowhere are these evolutions better reflected than in the Sahel, a region stretching from Seneg

Where would Ukraine’s “wings for freedom” be flying to?

24 février 2023

Arms Trade Bulletin: January – February 2023 Today marks the first year of Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine, and with a Russian spring offensive in sight, Kyiv is requesting ever more offensive weapons from NATO countries. From the very outset of the war, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has been maintaining a proverbial shopping list that included NATO-standard weapons. Despite initial

Pourquoi le M23 n’est pas un groupe rebelle comme les autres

6 février 2023

IPIS Briefing – Janvier 2023 This briefing is also available in English.  L’année dernière, des changements majeurs sont intervenus dans la partie orientale de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), ravagée par des groupes armés depuis des décennies. Un groupe en particulier est passé au premier plan, le Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23). Les objectifs du M23 se situent à l’intersection des inté

Africa and the Arms Trade, 2022

19 décembre 2022

Arms Trade Bulletin October – December 2022 The past year has seen many geopolitical shifts from the war in Ukraine, anti-French sentiments in the Sahel and Xi’s increasing influence on China and the world stage. These geopolitical shifts cannot be separated from the international arms trade. For instance, the world’s second-largest exporter of major conventional arms, Russia, is heading for an es

IPIS Briefing December 2021 – January 2022: Grievances, Governance and Gold in the eastern DRC

1 février 2022

The IPIS briefing offers a selection of articles, news and updates on natural resources, armed conflict, Business & Human Rights and arms trade.  Every month, an editorial and related publications shed a light on a specific topic in IPIS’ areas of research. In focus: Grievances, Governance and Gold in the eastern DRC. In the news: DRC: 51 people sentenced to death over 2017 murder of two UN ex