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Implementing an arms trade treaty: mapping assistance to strengthen arms transfer controls
Paul Holtom and Mark Bromley
SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security no. 2012/2


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It is widely recognized that many states parties to an arms trade treaty (ATT) will need assistance to fulfil their treaty obligations. The creation of an ATT will require the expansion of existing assistance programmes as well as the development of new approaches and efforts specifically designed to assist states with treaty implementation.

Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of existing assistance could help to ensure that mistakes made under other instruments are not repeated and enable actors to draw on existing good practices. This paper therefore maps existing assistance efforts aimed at strengthening transfer controls for conventional arms, dual-use goods or small arms and light weapons (SALW).


Contents

I. Introduction
II. Assistance to strengthen transfer controls
III. Transfer control assistance: actors and activities
IV. Challenges for international assistance
V. Conclusions and recommendations


About the authors

Dr Paul Holtom (United Kingdom) is Director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme. His recent publications include Implementing an Arms Trade Treaty: Lessons on Reporting and Monitoring from Existing Mechanisms, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 28 (July 2011, co-author), and China’s Energy and Security Relations with Russia: Hopes, Frustrations and Uncertainties, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 29 (Oct. 2011, co-author).

Mark Bromley (United Kingdom) is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme. His recent publications include Implementing an Arms Trade Treaty: Lessons on Reporting and Monitoring from Existing Mechanisms, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 28 (July 2011, co-author), and Transparency in Military Spending and Arms Acquisitions in Latin America and the Caribbean, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 31 (Jan. 2012, co-author).



Publisher: SIPRI
20 pp.
July 2012



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