Sergio Finardi is an expert on warfare logistics and the arms trade, with more than 25 years of research activity in Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. He worked for more than 10 years as a consultant to an international logistics group with defense-related business, before focusing his research and professional activity on armed conflicts, arms trade, arms trafficking, and the geo-economy of strategic resources. In 2008, he served in the U.N. Security Council’s Group of Experts on D.R. Congo, Resolution 1807 (2008), for Aviation and Logistics. He is a co-founder and director of Trans Arms – Research Center for the Logistics of Arms Transfers.

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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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