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Addressing New Threats in the Atlantic Security Environment

Date - 04 / 04 / 2019

Addressing New Threats in the Atlantic Security Environment

Addressing New Threats in the Atlantic Basin Security Environment:

Introducing the debate on the role of emerging technologies
in the combat against illicit arms trade

By: Leonardo Paz Neves, PhD[1]

The debate on small and light arms has occupied significant space in contemporary political agendas. This is a direct consequence of the increasingly use of this weaponry in domestic politics and in recent armed conflicts. Thus, countering the illicit arms trade is considered of utmost importance. However, despite the current domestic and international efforts in regulating, marking, tracing, registering, and securing arms – traffic flows have still being able to increase steadily. To address this challenge, this paper investigates a new approach to cope with the illicit arms trade: the implementation of disruptive technologies. By taking the benefit of their main features, this paper makes the case of their use in order to create a strong pull on domestic and international efforts. It proposes that these emerging technologies have the potential to offer numerous solutions that could enhance decisively the struggle against the illicit arms trade.

[1] Political Scientist. He is International Intelligence Analyst at the International Intelligence Unit from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Lecturer at the Department of International Relations from the Ibmec College.

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