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.