Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zambian President Edgar Lungu meet on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg in 2018.
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Russia's goal is to become one of Africa's strategic partners through trade and armed support.
A solider poses with a Javelin anti-tank system during a military parade in Kiev, Ukraine.
At worst, more lethal aid could escalate the conflict further. At best, it will continue to keep alive a conflict that has already claimed more than 10,000 lives.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits Madrid on bilateral business, April 2018.
When it comes to preventing air strikes on civilians, the law of the arms trade is clear. Why is it so hard for countries to observe it?
An unedifying relationship.
Saudi Arabia gets far more out of being close with the UK than vice versa.
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There's a disturbing disconnect between the polite etiquette of arms fairs and the hell that their products create.
The connection between oil and arms trade is not a conspiracy theory.
Theresa May meets the Saudi leadership – one of her country’s biggest weapons buyers.
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When confronted with the consequences of arms sales, democratic governments fall back on a number of flawed arguments.
The UK’s list of weapons buyers includes some dubious regimes.
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The UK has never ironed out the ethics of its role in the arms trade. Will the debate ever be resolved?
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967.
While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
Illicit firearms and small weapons recovered during security operations being destroyed in Nairobi.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments about weapons as part of development for Africa could have the opposite effect if conditions aren’t strict and democratic processes aren't followed.
The international law on arms transfers is clear: suppliers are at least partly accountable for recipients' human rights violations.
A geographical map depicting hotbeds of dark web activity related to illegal products. Larger circles indicate more activity.
The deep and dark web can be a scary place, but modern open-source technologies funded by the Defense Department can help explore it.
Theresa May meets her Saudi counterparts.
While Yemen burns, Theresa May's government plays with words.
South Africa’s elite police unit, the Hawks, block a street during an operation.
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The main criticism leveled at the body that oversees the work of South Africa's elite police unit, the Hawks, is that it lacks the power to initiate investigations, making it ineffective.
The dreaded CSS Alabama.
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If Liverpool hadn't supplied it with warships, the South might not have been able to put up much of a fight against the Union.
British-made weapons are still finding their way into the wrong hands. Doesn't parliament have a responsibility to stop that happening?
The sad truth is that it's all too easy to get hold of automatic weapons in Europe.
Maria Gloria Polimeno
When the 'Arab street' came to Downing Street, passions ran high and fear and loathing were in the air.
Stephen Harper shows a friendly face to the world.
After decades of pioneering global human rights, Canada has become one of the world's worst holdouts on the arms trade.
Desert-colored is all the rage this year.
While the US still dominates global arms exports, Russia takes a close second as rising instability increases demand for the latest high-tech weaponry and surveillance gear.