James Bevan is an
internationally recognized weapon and conflict analyst. Specializing in the
tracing of illicit weapons and ammunition in the world's conflict zones, he has
nearly a decade of policy shaping field research behind him.
Once a senior field
researcher for the renowned Small Arms Survey, he has since worked as a United
Nations sanctions inspector; in addition to having provided counsel and
instruction on issues related to armed conflict and the illicit proliferation
of weapons and ammunition to numerous governments, international organizations
and private entities.
James Bevan has lived
and worked among rebel forces, armed groups and communities in conflict. Noted
for having worked with the warring Turkana of Kenya, the Toposa of South Sudan
and the Karimojong of north-eastern Uganda, he developed his skills as an arms
specialist in these theatres and has published their conflict dynamics to wide
He has also tracked operations of the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army; supported investigations in
Afghanistan, Darfur and Iraq; investigated breaches of the UN sanctions on Côte
d'Ivoire, and has contributed to several international diplomatic processes
related to weapons, ammunition and armed violence.
James Bevan continues
to provide training and advice on conflict research and methods of tracing
weapons and ammunition to numerous entities, encompassing international
organizations (including United Nations peacekeeping forces, NATO and the
OSCE), national militaries, police forces and non-governmental organisations.
In 2011, he founded Conflict Armament Research Ltd., a company that provides technical expertise and investigative support to governments and international organisations on weapons and armed conflict. The company operates in a number of fields, including in-theatre research on armed
conflict and weapon trafficking, support to sanctions monitoring groups and criminal investigations and training on weapons and ammunition.