04 July 2017

Lethal aid and human security

PhD student Amber Jitts joined academic researchers and international experts at the Lethal Aid and Human Security Conference 2017, held at the University of North Carolina.

"The event took place over three days, allowing us to discuss emerging scholarship, develop new research collaborations, and explore critical issues posed by the provision of military aid and security assistance to fragile states. Key questions of interest included, 'How does the provision of military assistance impact governance, human security, and peace building in fragile states?', and 'What steps can donor states and others take to prevent the misuse or diversion of their weapons transfers and lessen adverse impacts on societal welfare?"

"I participated as an expert panel member, providing feedback from my experience working in the field of arms control and counter-trafficking, and from my own research. Alongside Colby Goodman (Security Assistance Monitor) and Matt Schroeder (Small Arms Survey), we explored questions such as 'What data exists?', 'What is unobservable, hard to measure, or not available to the public?', 'What opportunities are there for collecting the data we need?' I emphasized the value of academic research to the development of sound evidence-based policy, and shared my thoughts on what types of policy-relevant research might be of most value."

"I participated in developing various research project proposals on the topic of human security and lethal aid. It is anticipated that a series of research papers and projects will be developed from our discussions at the conference. Further information on these projects can be found here."

Amber is a Ph.D student in the Graduate Institute’s International Relations/Political Science programme. Her doctoral research explores the conditions and contexts of the development of international law in the area of small arms controls, and the impact that issue framing can have on these processes.