The Small Arms Survey 2012 seeks to increase our scrutiny of what is changing, and not changing, in relation to armed violence and small arms proliferation. Chapters on firearm homicide in Latin America and the Caribbean, drug violence in selected Latin American countries and non-lethal violence worldwide illustrate that security is a moving target; armed violence, both lethal and non-lethal, continues to undermine the security and wellbeing of people and societies around the world. The goal of curbing small arms proliferation, embodied in the UN Programme of Action, appears similarly elusive. Chapters on illicit small arms in war zones, trade transparency, Somali piracy and the 2011 UN Meeting of Governmental Experts highlight some of the successes, but also the continuing challenges, in this area. Country studies on Kazakhstan and Somaliland, along with the final instalment of the authorized transfers project, round out the 2012 edition.
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. The project has an international staff with expertise in security studies, political science, law, economics, development studies, sociology and criminology, and collaborates with a network of partners in more than 50 countries.
Introduction; 1. A fatal relationship: guns and deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean; 2. When business gets bloody: state policy and drug violence; 3. A matter of survival: non-lethal firearm violence; 4. Blue skies and dark clouds: Kazakhstan and small arms; 5. Between state and non-state: Somaliland's emerging security order; Photo essay: troubled waters: Somali piracy; 6. Escalation at sea: Somali piracy and private security companies; 7. Precedent in the making: the UN Meeting of Governmental Experts; 8. Piece by piece: authorized transfers of parts and accessories; 9. Point by point: trends in transparency; 10. Surveying the battlefield: illicit arms in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.