May-June 2016  |  Volume 28, Issue 3

Why don’t states in the Horn of Africa join the ATT?

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) represents an outstanding example of successful civil society advocacy on an issue that states customarily viewed as within the realm of their national security concerns. However, the ATT should be problematized. It cannot be disentangled from hegemonic aspirations and dynamics in the form of liberal multilateralism and the associated doctrines of humanitarian intervention and the reformulation of sovereignty implied in the notion of ‘responsibility to protect’. The articles in this issue, edited jointly with the Oxfam Liaison Office to the African Union, are optimistic about the potential benefits of the ATT. 

Arms transfers to the Horn of Africa- a snapshot

By Frank Slijper

The abundance of weapons perpetuates violence and is a barrier to solving the various problems in the region, this article analyses transfers of major conventional weapons to governments in the Horn of Africa. continue reading


The potential benefits of the Arms Trade Treaty for peace and security in East Africa

By Martin Butcher

No East African nation has ratified the Arms Trade Treaty. Indeed, in the region only Djibouti has signed it. This article demonstrates the strong support of East Africa for the negotiation and adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, and explores the benefits the ATT would bring for East Africa and the Horn. continue reading


More in this issue

The Arms Trade Treaty: A leap towards a safer Africa

By Omayma Gutbi

The ATT and previous arms control instruments: Convergence and progress

By Michael Melaku

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Horn of Africa Bulletin, Volume 28, Issue 3 , May-June 2016

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