Since 2008, Ken Matthysen has been a researcher of natural resources and arms trade & security for the International Peace Information Service. His focus is on natural resources in the DRC and arms trade in Africa.

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The absence of a global regime to control international trade in conventional arms persists despite the fact that in the 22 years between 1989 and 2010, the world witnessed the outbreak or continuation of 131 international armed conflicts,1-3 involving the forces of 112 countries and 217 political opposition groups. An additional 392 armed …

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