Webinar Stemming the Flow of Small Arms & Light weapons in Africa and the Middle East
Illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) constitute a serious threat to safety, security and stability in the North African region and have long been considered primary tools of and discrete enablers to violence on the continent. In conflict situations, small arms are used to commit a wide range of human rights violations including mass killings, forced displacements, gender-based violence, and attacks on peacekeepers and humanitarian workers.
As NATO is engaged and strives to address SALW through not only legal and technical methods, but also cultural, societal and functional paths, a dialogue was designed in collaboration with Three Stones International (TSI) for NATO to gain insights into illicit arms flows from a diverse selection of experts and practitioners in the field. The dialogue took place on October 1st, 2020 with nine experts from across North and Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe participating as panelists. A survey was administered ahead of the dialogue with key questions posed to NATO stakeholders and TSI’s Civil Society network.