Arms Trade & Security
IPIS researches problematic transfers of arms and their logistics to contribute to prevention of irresponsible arms transfers that exacerbate violence, conflict and repression
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. IPIS helps building skills and institutional capacities through training materials and activities to improve arms trade control and carries out field research on arms trade and trafficking activities.
Arms Trade Treaty E-learning Modules
In June 2017, IPIS launched its e-learning digital education package to support the early ratification and effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty
Arms Trade Bulletin
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ARMS TRADE & SECURITY NEWS
Viktor Bout documents released under Mandatory Declassification Review by the Clinton Library
In 2015 IPIS vzw asked for a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of selected documents in relation to Viktor Bout, produced by the Clinton administration between 1999 and 2001, and held in the Clinton Library. MDR “is a means by which any individual or entity can request any Federal agency to review classified information for declassification,
Timeline of the conflict in Tigray
In February of 2022, Peter Danssaert created a detailed timeline of the conflict in Tigray dating from 1991 to 2022. The timeline was used by participants of a webinar on the Tigray conflict organised by Union Chapel. The webinar took place on April 28th, 2022 but can still be viewed online. October 20, 2022 there
IPIS launches e-learning for a thorough understanding of the global Arms Trade Treaty
As governments gather in Geneva to discuss how to regulate the global arms trade by implementing the Arms Trade Treaty, the Belgian Research Group IPIS is launching a set of self-learning digital modules to promote understanding of the Treaty. The e-learning modules are designed to support the early ratification and effective implementation of the Treaty.