In examining various aspects of the provision of security, the Small Arms Survey 2011 considers the growth of the private security industry and its firearms holdings worldwide; the firearms holdings of private security personnel; the use of private security companies by multinational corporations; the use of emerging weapons technology among Western police forces; and legislative controls over the civilian possession of firearms in 42 jurisdictions around the world. Case studies provide original research on ongoing security challenges in Cote d'Ivoire, Haiti and Madagascar. This edition also presents the 2011 Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, an estimate of the annual authorized trade in light weapons, and a review of developments related to small arms control at the United Nations.
The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It serves as the principal source of public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence and as a resource centre for governments, policy-makers, researchers and activists.
Introduction; 1. Larger but less known: authorized small arms transfers; 2. Fact or fiction? The UN small arms process; 3. Procurement and practice: police use of emerging weapons technology; 4. A booming business: private security and small arms; 5. Protected but exposed: multinationals and private security; 6. Ethos of exploitation: insecurity and predation in Madagascar; 7. Reforming the ranks: public security in a divided Cote d'Ivoire; 8. Securing the state: Haiti before and after the earthquake; 9. Balancing act: regulation of civilian firearm possession.