Ed Laurance, Director & Co-Founder, Security & Development Program
Professor Laurance has been a Full Professor at MIIS since 1992. He has focused his research and professional activities on arms acquisitions and their relationship to conflict, and more recently the effect of insecurity and armed violence on development. He served as a consultant to the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs from 1992-2002. He was a member of the advisory board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and Small Arms Survey in Geneva. He was a co-founder of the International Action Network on Small Arms, the largest transnational non-governmental organization dealing with this issue. He is the coordinator of the program on Security and Development at MIIS.
He is a member of the faculty in the International Professional Service Semester program, and he is the faculty advisor to veterans on campus.
His current research focuses on security and development, to include developing international small arms control standards for the United Nations Coordinating Action on Small Arms, and evaluating the current state of security in eleven fragile states for the UN Development Programme. He has published articles in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, Orbis, Political Science Quarterly, Washington Quarterly, Global Governance, Policy Sciences. He is the author/editor of four books on conventional weapons proliferation and a leading international expert on the global problem of small arms and light weapons proliferation and misuse. He is a consultant to the United Nations on the development of the Arms Trade Treaty.
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