On February 02, 2012, the Managing Across Boundaries program hosted Libya’s Missing Weapons: Understanding Global Efforts to Control Conventional Arms, an event that examined the impact of the collapse of the Gadhafi regime on the uncontrolled proliferation of conventional weapons, including man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). Speakers and panelists highlighted the impact of these weapons, not only to security in Libya and across sub-Saharan Africa, but also to longer term socio-economic development on the African continent. The discussion used Libya as the basis for a broader discussion on addressing unsecured caches of dangerous arms, illicit trafficking, and interdiction of gray and black market weapons around the world.
Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., former U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS, introduced Keynote Speaker Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State. An ensuing panel discussion included:
- Rachel Stohl, Fellow, Managing Across Boundaries, The Stimson Center;
- Colonel Mark Adams, Director of the MANPADS Interagency Task Force, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, U.S. Department of State; and
- Stuart McKillop, Assistant Head, Counter Proliferation Policy, Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Business Unit, U.K. Ministry of Defence.
The panel was moderated by Brian Finlay, Senior Associate and Director, Managing Across Boundaries, The Stimson Center.
To read Assistant Secretary Shapiro’s remarks, please click here.