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Arms transfers and arms control

BICC, Global Militarization Index

BICC is particularly interested in understanding the patterns of the international arms trade and the risks it poses to arms control and political stability at different levels—local, national, regional (such EU and AU), and international. For instance, armament dynamics in the Middle East and Asia, fueled not least by weapons from North America and Europe, are arguably increasing the likelihood of violent conflicts in these regions.

Besides the control of major conventional weapons, BICC will put special emphasis on SALW (Small Arms and Light Weapons) and possibilities of control such as PSSM (Physical Security and Stockpile Management). Despite recent legal regulations (Arms Trade Treaty), the availability and flow of SALW in many post-conflict countries remains a severe barrier to de-escalating violent conflicts and peace-building. BICC seeks to provide empirically based theoretical insight and consequent policy recommendations on arms control.

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