Conflict Armament Research identifies and tracks conventional weapons in contemporary armed conflicts. Established in 2011, it was created in response to the growing need for informed, on-the-ground reporting on weapons proliferation in modern wars and insurgencies. 

The organisation prioritises two closely linked activities:


  • It generates long-term information on global and local trends in weapons proliferation. In this regard it compiles and analyses data on the types of weapons circulating on illicit markets and their modes of transfer, including the entities involved, supply vectors and recipients.

  • It works to coordinate otherwise minimally connected international arms investigations. Its iTrace network now links a range of expert investigators working in conflict-affected regions across the globe.


These two areas of activity recognise that the arms trade evolves constantly, requires continuous monitoring and operates globally, which necessitates simultaneous, interconnected and cross-regional investigations.