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Arms transfers and arms control

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Julia Gurol, Esther Meininghaus, Max M. Mutschler, Carina Schlüsing, Die Risiken europäischer Waffenexporte, 2017

In Braunsdorf, F. (Ed.), Fluchtursachen "Made in Europe": Über europäische Politik und ihren Zusammenhang mit Migration und Flucht (pp. 9-12). Berlin : Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Globale Politik und Entwicklung). more

Max M. Mutschler, Global Militarization Index 2016

Compiled by BICC, the Global Militarization Index (gmi) presents on an annual basis the relative weight and importance of a country’s military apparatus in relation to its society as a whole. The GMI 2016 covers 152 states and is based on the latest available figures (in most cases data for 2015).... more

Nikhil Acharya, Olivier Grumel, An Vranckx, Safety First, 2016

This Knowledge Note provides an insight into current realities, behaviour and practices in arms and ammunition storage sites in north-western DR Congo. Tailored recommendations for strengthening ammunition and weapons safety by improving physical security measures and renovating infrastructural... more

Marius Bales, Max M. Mutschler, After the First Annual Reports to the Arms Trade Treaty: How to Overcome Gaps and Reporting Deficits?, 2016

An analysis of the first round of annual reports reveals considerable gaps and reporting deficits; in particular with regard to the number of reports delivered on time, the concealment of information, missing transfers, the comparability and the level of detail in the reports. These deficits are in... more

Elvan Isikozlu, Susanne Heinke, Networks of Organised Violence, 2016

On 28 October 2015, BICC hosted its annual international conference entitled “Networks of Organised Violence”. The topic of the conference was chosen because of a perceived shift from the primacy of the state to the importance of networks in perpetrating organised violence. Its aim was to view... more

Nikhil Acharya, Arthur Mühlen-Schulte, The Final Round: Combating Armed Actors, Organized Crime and Wildlife Trafficking, 2016

This policy brief aims to equip SALW policymakers and practitioners with an understanding of how increased wide-scale wildlife trafficking is directly linked to the involvement of organized crime, heavily armed state and non-state actors and the proliferation of small arms, light weapons and... more

Claudia Breitung, Evaluation of the MSAG/IPSTC train-the-trainer project in physical security and stockpile management, 2016

There are still large deficiencies in small arms and light weapons (SALW) and conventional ammunition (CA) storage and management in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and bordering states. Particularly state capacities to plan and implement physical security and stockpile management (PSSM)... more

Max M. Mutschler, On the Road to Liquid Warfare? Revisiting Zygmunt Bauman's thoughts on liquid modernity in the context of the "new Western way of war", 2016

This Working Paper examines military interventions by precision strikes from a distance as a means to avoiding ground combat with own troops. A prominent strand of the literature argues that this is a particularly Western phenomenon; a consequence of the casualty aversion of democratic states and... more

Joanne Richards, Matching Needs and Resources: Small Arms Control Initiatives in the Greater Sahel, 2015–2016

The Greater Sahel region has never experienced such a high-level of arms availability. Given the large array of efforts now in place across the region to stem the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW), it is pertinent to take stock, assess who is doing what, and reflect on... more

Nelson Alusala, Lessons from Small Arms and Weapons Control Initiatives in Africa, 2016

The proliferation and trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Africa is partly attributable to weak national controls, the porosity of state borders, and ongoing armed conflict on the continent. To address these problems a number of initiatives have been undertaken by states, regional... more

Nikhil Acharya, Nikkie Wiegink, Salah Idriss, Civilian Arms Registration and Marking Handbook, 2015

In collaboration with Sudan's National Focal Point on Small Arms Control, BICC has published the Civilian Arms Registration and Marking Handbook, available in both English and Arabic. This Handbook is a guide on arms registration and marking (ARM) for practitioners, government officials, and... more

Marc von Boemcken, Ertüchtigung als neue Strategie europäischer Sicherheitspolitik, 2015

Ertüchtigung als neue Strategie europäischer Sicherheitspolitik Reader Sicherheitspolitik, 11/2015, pdf In: Bundesministerium für Verteidigung. 2015. Der Reader Sicherheitspolitik - Transformation im 21. Jahrhundert more

Jan Grebe, Max M. Mutschler, Global Militarisation Index 2015

Compiled by BICC, the Global Militarisation Index (GMI) presents on an annual basis the relative weight and importance of a country's military apparatus in relation to its society as a whole. The 2015 GMI covers 152 states and is based on the latest available figures (in most cases data for 2014).... more

Elvan Isikozlu, Susanne Heinke, Facing Organised Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials, 2015

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) hosted a two-day international academic conference on “Facing Organised Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials” from 27 to 28 October 2014 in Bonn. The aim of the conference was to approach... more

Conrad Schetter, Commentary: „Der Gipfel globaler Verantwortung(slosigkeit): Ein
Plädoyer für Nachhaltigkeit anstelle militärischer Aufrüstung“, 2015

Conrad Schetter, Director for Research at BICC, maintains that the German government has a duty to implement its plea for a new responsibility at the upcoming G7 summit. "The G7 are well advised to discuss a way to a more peaceful and just world rather than about increased military armament,... more

Jan Grebe, Max M. Mutschler, Transparent Reporting for a Successful Arms Trade Treaty, 2015

The first Conference of States Parties to the International Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will take place in Mexico City from 24 to 27 August 2015. Of central importance for the successful implementation of the ATT is the issue of reporting, which is closely related to the issue of transparency. In... more

Sami Faltas, Report on the Work of the Arms Registration and Marking (ARM) Program and on Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) in West Darfur (in Arabic) , 2015

In the “Report on the Work of the Arms Registration and Marking (ARM) Program and on Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) in West Darfur (in Arabic)" Dr Sami Faltas presents the results of his field research in West Darfur, Sudan. The study was assigned by BICC and the Sudan DDR... more

Jan Grebe, Global Militarisation Index 2014

The Global Militarisation Index (GMI) depicts the relative weight and importance of the military apparatus of one state in relation to its society as a whole. The update of the GMI 2014 is based on data from the year 2013 (i. e. the most recent year for which data has been available) and comprises... more

Luuk van de Vondervoort, “Guns are for the government”, 2014

From 2011 until 2014, BICC worked with the government of South Sudan to improve the management of state-owned arms and ammunition. In BICC Working Paper 1\ 2014 Luuk van de Vondervoort evaluates this BICC advisory project on state-owned arms control. The difficulties related to improving arms... more

Sami Faltas, Report on the Work of the Arms Registration and Marking (ARM) Program and on Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) in West Darfur, 2014

In the “Report on the Work of the Arms Registration and Marking (ARM) Program and on Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) in West Darfur” Dr Sami Faltas presents the results of his field research in West Darfur, Sudan. The study was assigned by BICC and the Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC). The... more

Max M. Mutschler, Security Cooperation in Space and International Relations Theory, 2014

In Kai-Uwe Schrogl et al. (eds.). Handbook of Space Security, New York: Springer. more

Max M. Mutschler, Der internationale Waffenhandel und der Versuch ihn zu regulieren, 2014

In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ). 35-37/2014. pp.11-17. more

Marc von Boemcken, Commentary: Die deutsche Rüstungsindustrie braucht eine Diät!, 2014

Dr. Marc von Boemcken comments on a possible new orientation in German arms export policy, initiated by Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs. There is reason to hope that at least the export of land-based weapons systems to states that systematically violate human rights... more

Jan Grebe, Courage to change or continuation of structural deficits? German arms exports and parliamentary control, 2014

In Focus 13, BICC researcher Jan Grebe analyzes the changes in the reporting on German arms exports foreseen in the coalition agreement and the key issue paper of the governing parties. His conclusion is critical: All changes in arms exports control will have to be judged against whether they... more

Michael Ashkenazi, Elvan Isikozlu, Marc Kösling, Smart Technology in SALW Control, 2013

BICC brief 49 “Smart Technology in SALW Control–Civilian Protection, the UN-PoA, and Transfer Control (SmartCon)”, edited by Michael Ashkenazi, Elvan Isikozlu and Marc Kösling, contains the majority of papers presented at the SmartCon 2013 in Berlin, sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office... more

Marc Kösling, Approaches to arms control with armed non-state actors, 2013

In: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. International Politics. Foreign Affairs & Security Approaches to arms control with armed non-state actors more

Jan Grebe, BICC’s Global Militarization Index (GMI) 2013: Factsheet

Update of the Global Militarization Index of BICC 2013 more

Jan Grebe, “Europäische Rüstungsexporte nach Südostasien”, 2013

Zeitschrift für Südostasien, No. 3/2013, pp. 8-9.   "Europäische Rüstungsexporte nach Südostasien" more

Marc Kösling, Michael Ashkenazi, Christof Kögler, "The Kalashnikov Curse", 2013

Entwicklung + Zusammenarbeit 54 / Development + Cooperation 40, pp. 330-332. "The Kalashnikov Curse"  more

Jan Grebe, Sebastian Roßner, Parlamentarische Kontrolle und Transparenz von Rüstungsexporten, 2013

A new study commissioned by the German church aid organizations MISEREOR and Brot für die Welt calls for more involvement of the Bundestag in and improved oversight mechanisms for arms exports. The study „Parlamentarische Kontrolle und Transparenz von Rüstungsexporten“ (in German) by the Bonn... more

Jan Grebe, Harmonized EU Arms Exports Policies in Times of Austerity? Adherence to the Criteria of the EU Common Position on Arms Exports, 2013

The study analyzes the current trends on the international arms market and the role EU Member States play as well as the adherence to the Criteria of the EU Common Position. It also takes a closer look at the effects of austerity measures on the European defense industry and the shift towards... more

Jan Grebe, Peter Kreuzer, “Lässt sich der Drache zähmen? Eskalation und Aufrüstung im Südchinesischen Meer”, 2013

In: Marc von Boemcken et al. (eds.). Friedensgutachten 2013. LIT: Münster, pp. 69–83. more

Marc von Boemcken, "Rüstungsmärkte ohne Grenzen. Neue Komplexe globalen Unfriedens", 2013

In: Marc von Boemcken et al. (eds.). Friedensgutachten 2013. Berlin: LIT, pp. 32–45. more

Jan Grebe, "Deutsche Rüstungsexportpolitik: Zwischen manglender Transparenz, der Notwendigkeit parlamentarischer Kontrolle und einer Neujustierung der Rüstungsexportpolitik", 2013

Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 279-289. "Deutsche Rüstungsexportpolitik: Zwischen manglender Transparenz, der Notwendigkeit parlamentarischer Kontrolle und einer Neujustierung der Rüstungsexportpolitik" more

Jan Grebe, Christoph Schwarz, Security-policy implications of the maritime military build-up in the Asia-Pacific Region: Focus on Australia, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, 2013

The (renewed) rise of China has been one of the central topics in international politics since the 1990s. This development brings along a number of far-reaching regional and global consequences. A comprehensive maritime rearmament—not only by China itself but also its immediate neighbors and other... more

Michael Ashkenazi, Jan Grebe, Christof Kögler, Marc Kösling, MANPADS - A Terrorist Threat to Civilian Aviation, 2013

BICC brief 47 is dedicated to the issue of Man-portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS). The authors Dr. Michael Ashkenazi, Princess Amuzu, Jan Grebe, Christof Kögler and Marc Kösling provide a comprehensive survey of all aspects of MANPADS as a challenge to managing civilian security. The... more

Marius Kahl, Starter Guide towards strong Arms and Ammunition Management Practices
, 2013

This Guide addresses countries that wish to start improving their approaches to and practices of arms and ammunition management and are at relatively early stages of improvement. The current version of the Starter Guide will be developed further this year. The “Starter Guide towards strong Arms... more

Jan Grebe, Marc von Boemcken, "Schaffen Waffen Frieden und Stabilität?", 2013

Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Internationale Sicherheit, Nr. 36-37, pp. 28-32. "Schaffen Waffen Frieden und Stabilität?" more

Jerry Sommer, Iran-Verhandlungen - und wie weiter?, 2012

There were strong fears this Spring that Israel may have been about to launch an attack on Iran. US President Obama made it clear to Israeli Prime Minister Netanjahu that he considered such a course of action to be wrong at that given time.  Meanwhile, negotiations have got underway with... more

Jan Grebe, "Waffen für die Welt", 2012

JS Magazin. March 2012, pp. 28-30. more

Jerry Sommer, Krieg gegen den Iran - Tickt die Uhr?, 2012

As was the case in Iraq, today a possible strike on Iran is justified with half-truths, myths and incorrect statements. Such statements by politicians as well as often one-sided, uncritical or even alarmist press coverage impede serious debate.Nevertheless, there is still time for diplomacy—but... more

Jan Grebe, BICC’s Global Militarization Index (GMI) 2012: Factsheet

Update of the Global Militarization Index (GMI) of BICC 2012 more

Jerry Sommer, Atomkonflikt Iran: Diplomatische Lösung noch immer möglich?!, 2011

Again, Israeli government politicians and hawks in the United States are talking about military strikes against Iran and its nuclear program. Again, the United Nations and the European Union are preparing and imposing sanctions against Iran. The violent attack of Iranian students on the British... more

Marius Kahl, The Challenge of Managing State-owned Small Arms and Light Weapons in South Sudan, 2011

Countries emerging from a long period of armed conflict have to find solutions for getting widespread possession of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and related trade flows under control. The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) is a case in point. According to estimates, 2.7 million SALW are available... more

Wolf-Christian Paes, Handlich und gefährlich – Gewehre und Pistolen richten mehr Schaden an als andere konventionelle Waffen, 2011

Handlich und gefährlich – Gewehre und Pistolen richten mehr Schaden an als andere konventionelle Waffen In: Welt-Sichten, No. 9/2011. more

Michael Ashkenazi, “What do the Natives Know? Societal mechanisms for controlling small arms”, 2011

In: O. Greene and N. Marsh (eds.). Small Arms, crime and conflict: Global governance and the threat of armed violence. London: Routledge, pp. 228–47. more

Jan Grebe, Christoph Schwarz, “Die maritime Aufrüstung von Schwellenländer: Strategische und friedenspolitische Implikationen”, 2011

In: Margret Johannsen (ed.) et al. Friedensgutachten 2011. Münster: LIT-Verlag, pp. 316-327. more

Jan Grebe, The Global Militarization Index (GMI) : Use of the GMI for evaluating the development orientation of states and regional militarization, 2011

The Global Militarization Index (GMI) of BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) presents the militarization of a country and thus shows developments and processes in resource allocation of a given country. It can be used as a tool for assessing the relationship between military to... more

Susanne Heinke, Peace on earth?
Initiatives for disarmament, non-violence and dialogue, 2010

Documentation of the international Symposium “Peace on earth? Initiatives for disarmament, non-violence and dialogue” in Bonn, discussing the topics: On the way to Global Zero nuclear armament—Where are we now?Ethnic conflicts—Solutions from theory and practical experienceVictims of war—A... more

Jan Grebe, Jerry Sommer, "Hochgerüstet in der Pleite", 2010

Die Tageszeitung, 8 October 2010, p. 4. "Hochgerüstet in der Pleite"    more

Jan Grebe, Jerry Sommer, Greece: High military expenditures despite the financial crisis, 2010

Greece’s national bankruptcy could only be averted with the aid of considerable loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The government’s high military spending and extensive arms purchases in recent years have contributed to the country’s desolate financial... more

Marc von Boemcken, “Arms Embargoes against Eritrea and Ethiopia” , 2009

In Michael Brzoska and George A. Lopez (eds.). Putting Teeth in the Tiger: Improving the Effectiveness of Arms Embargoes. Bingley: Emerald, pp. 189–204. more

Marc von Boemcken, “UN Arms Embargoes in the Great Lakes, 1994-2004", 2009

In Michael Brzoska and George A. Lopez (eds.). Putting Teeth in the Tiger: Improving the Effectiveness of Arms Embargoes. Bingley: Emerald, pp. 163–88. more

Michael Ashkenazi, “Kazakhstan: Where surplus arms are not a problem”, 2009

In: Contemporary Security Policy Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 129–50.  Reprinted in Aaron Karp (ed.). 2009. The politics of destroying surplus small arms. Oxford: Routledge, pp 133–54. more

Hans Blix, Ebrahim Yazdi, Jim Walsh, Bernd W. Kubbig, Jerry Sommer, New Chances for a Compromise in the Nuclear Dispute with Iran?, 2009

On 4 December 2008, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and Deutsche Welle jointly organized a half-day conference on the nuclear dispute with Iran in Bonn, entitled “After the Elections in the United States: New Chances for a Compromise in the Nuclear Dispute with Iran?” With the... more

Marc von Boemcken, “Deutsche Waffen nach Südamerika. Eine kritische Bestandsaufnahme", 2008

In: Matices – Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal, No. 57. more

SSANSA Update 1, 2008

Newsletter of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA) more

Michael Ashkenazi, “Stockpile Management: Security”, 2008

In: James Bevan (ed.). Conventional Ammunition in Surplus: A Reference Guide. Geneva: SAS, pp. 67–75. more

Michael Ashkenazi, “Ammunition Stockpiles and Communities”, 2008

In: James Bevan (ed.). Conventional Ammunition in Surplus: A Reference Guide. Geneva: SAS, pp. 166–71. more

Michael Ashkenazi, Holger Anders, “Stakeholders in Conventional Ammunition Management”, 2008

In: James Bevan (ed.). Conventional Ammunition in Surplus: A Reference Guide. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, pp. 160–65. more

Michael Ashkenazi, Elvan Isikozlu, Helen Radeke, "SALW Control Training Manual for West Africa", 2008

The purpose of this manual is to help strengthen the capacity of the West African community  to deal with the devastating consequences of the uncontrolled proliferation of small arms  and light weapons (SALW). It is intended as a primer for those with little or no experience in SALW... more

SALW Control Training Manual for West Africa, 2007

The purpose of this Manual is to help strengthen the capacity of the West African community to deal with the devastating consequences of the uncontrolled proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW). It is intended as a primer for those with little or no experience in SALW action, and as an... more

Michael Ashkenazi, Elvan Isikozlu, Helen Radeke, TRESA - SALW Control Training Manual for West Africa, 2007

The purpose of this Manual is to help strengthen the capacity of the West  African community  to deal with the devastating consequences of the uncontrolled proliferation of small arms  and light weapons (SALW). It is intended as a primer for those with little or no experience... more

Michael Ashkenazi, Elvan Isikozlu, Helen Radeke, SALW Control Training Manual for West Africa_Part1, 2007

The goals of this manual are:   To provide an overview of the SALW issue and issues specific to West  Africa.To promote action on SALW control in West Africa through the sharing of resources, good practice, case studies and tips from across the sub-region. To provide future trainers... more

Michael Ashkenazi, Elvan Isikozlu, Helen Radeke, SALW Control Training Manual for West Africa_Part2, 2007

The goals of this manual are:  To provide an overview of the SALW issue and issues specific to West  Africa.To promote action on SALW control in West Africa through the sharing of resources, good practice, case studies and tips from across the sub-region. To provide future trainers... more

Michael Ashkenazi, Christine Beeck, Julie Brethfeld, William Godnick, Elvan Isikozlu, Civil Society Action on SALW Control_Trainer

This module is intended to serve as a guideline for members of national and local civil society and civil society organizations (CSOs) and their representatives that want to become involved in small arms and light weapons (SALW) control. CSOs include, for example, registered charities or non-profit... more

Reintegration plan workbook_Trainee

This workbook is an essential part of the TRESA "Reintegration Strategies for Ex-Combatants" module. It is intended to serve as adraft template for the preparation of a reintegration plan for your own country or region. When filling out this workbook, please keep in mind that the... more

Reintegration plan workbook_Trainer

This workbook is an essential part of the TRESA "Reintegration Strategies for Ex-Combatants" module. It is intended to serve as adraft template for the preparation of a reintegration plan for your own country or region. When filling out this workbook, please keep in mind that the... more

Michael Ashkenazi, Christine Beeck, Julie Brethfeld, F. Foltz, J. Horner, S. Wanjau, SALW Basics – Definitions_Trainee

Along with the other modules that comprise the series SALW Basics, this module is intended to provide a basic fundamental understanding of the issue of SALW for trainees who have had little or no previous exposure to the subject.  We recommend those trainees, who are already familiar with... more