Coventry University recruits expert on the international arms trade
Monday 17 March 2014
Coventry University has appointed a world renowned expert on the international arms trade.
Dr Paul Holtom joins the University from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), where he was director of its Arms Transfer Programme. His appointment at Coventry University comes as SIPRI data on international arms transfers in 2013 is launched today.
Dr Holtom’s interests lie in strengthening arms transfer controls and combating illicit and irresponsible arms trade. His work has informed negotiations on the multilateral Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and he has served as an expert for a United Nations group of governmental experts.
During his seven years at SIPRI he oversaw the collation and dissemination of authoritative data on arms transfers as part of his efforts to promote greater transparency. His analysis of trends in the international arms trade, and implications for peace and international and human security, is widely respected.
The data released today by SIPRI will document recent trends in the international arms trade, highlighting the major arms exporters and importers and arms transfers to areas of tension and conflict. Recent reports have shown the rise of China as an arms exporter, India cementing its position as the world’s largest arms importer and the impact of the financial crisis on European arms imports.
Dr Holtom joins Coventry University as it is developing its research activities following its recent submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) - the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. His appointment demonstrates the University’s ambition in the realm of policy relevant research on issues relating to international peace and security.
Dr Paul Holtom said:
I am delighted to have joined Coventry University. Its reputation for enhancing our understanding of peace building and conflict resolution is growing on the international stage and I am very much looking forward to contributing to its impressive body of research.
John Latham, acting Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University said:
I would like to congratulate Paul on his appointment. As a respected authority on the international arms trade he brings expert knowledge of a crucial aspect of peace and reconciliation studies and his appointment will undoubtedly bolster our research in this area.
Dr Paul Holtom studied Politics and Philosophy at the University of Liverpool before going on to gain an MA and PhD in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham.
His key research interests relate to the international arms trade and strengthening arms transfer controls. He has recently carried out research projects to inform the negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty, Chinese policy on exports of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and efforts to prevent illicit SALW transfers.
He was the consultant for the 2013 United Nations Group of Government Experts on the Continuing Operation of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms and its further development.