Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 22

With or without you: Why Russia cannot dismiss the Arms Trade Treaty as a pointless inconvenience

Written by Anna Macdonald, Director of the Control Arms Secretariat The Russian Federation issued a statement this week saying it will not be joining the Arms Trade Treaty. “We don’t see the point,” a senior official is quoted as saying. No surprises there, but try telling that to the people of Syria, who continue to suffer […]

May 19

Can the ATT help end the conflict in Yemen?

Written by Anna Macdonald, Director of the Control Arms Secretariat It’s hard to go anywhere in Yemen without coming across a weapon of some sort. Men, wearing traditional dress, often wear the Jambiya knife on a thick, embroidered belt around their waist – a symbol of wealth, status and male pride. These are ceremonial knives and […]