An Iranian Fingerprint?: The illicit arms trade and spillover of the Yemen conflict into the Horn of Africa

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The civil war that broke out in Yemen in 2014 is often viewed through the lens of the Saudi-Iranian geopolitical rivalry. Yet the documentation of illicit weapons conducted by GI-TOC field researchers in Somalia suggests the conflict may increasingly have security ramifications for the Horn of Africa. In this webinar, taking place on Wednesday, 9 December at 16:00 CET, the author of GI-TOC’s November 2021 report, "An Iranian Fingerprint?: Tracing Type 56-1 assault rifles in Somalia" will discuss the report's findings and their broader implications. Joining him on the panel will be a UN arms expert focusing on Yemen as well as a Yemeni journalist and analyst.

Lindy Mtongana

News anchor & reporter

Jay Bahadur

Researcher - Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Wolf-Christian Paes

Arms Expert - UN Panel of Experts on Yemen

Maysaa Shuja Al-Deen

Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies