04 July 2013

Small Arms Survey 2013

This year's edition "Everyday Dangers" focuses on armed violence outside of conflict zones.

The Small Arms Survey 2013 was released on Tuesday 2 July at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva. This edition focuses on small arms and armed violence outside war zones, with chapters on organised crime and gang violence, the use of firearms in intimate partner violence, and violent land disputes. According to the Survey, non-conflict armed violence dwarfs conflict violence worldwide and better understanding it is crucial to national and multilateral violence prevention and reduction efforts.

Among the main findings in the publication this year were a drop in Italian mafia homicides by 43 percent from 2007 to 2010. Despite a reduction in lethal violence, mafia groups continue to maintain extensive firearm arsenals, the Survey finds.

In addition to the chapters on non-conflict armed violence, the Small Arms Survey 2013 relays new findings on illicit weapons recovered in Mexico and the Philippines, the prices of arms and ammunition at illicit markets in Lebanon, Pakistan, and Somalia, and the impacts of improvised explosive devices on civilians worldwide.

"Everday Dangers" also covers the use of improvised explosive devices by militant Islamist groups; the top exporters of small arms and light weapons; and small arms tranparency in various countries. Switzerland was found to be the most transparent exporting country of small arms.

"Small Arms Survey 2013: Everyday Dangers" was published by Cambridge University Press. Small Arms Survey is an Independent research project based at the Graduate Institute. It is the the principal source of public information and analysis on all aspects of small arms and armed violence.