Part-time Staff

Mr Guy Lamb

Guy Lamb is the Director of Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at UCT, a post he has held since October 2012. Prior to this he was a Senior Research Fellow and Programme Head of the Arms Management Programme at the Institute for Security Studies. He has undertaken research on arms control, violence reduction, conflict management and peace building issues in Africa for more than 15 years, and has produced various publications in this regard. Guy has served on the United Nations (UN) Security Council Panel of Experts on Liberia as the arms and security specialist, and is a member of the UN’s small arms control standards generating expert reference group. He has worked extensively with the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation and number of governments to strengthen firearms control processes in Southern Africa. He has managed peace building research projects (and undertaken research) in Southern, Eastern and Central Africa for the World Bank. Recently he has provided arms control technical support to numerous African governments during the 2012 negotiations for the UN Arms Trade Treaty. Guy has also previously worked for the Centre for Conflict Resolution (South Africa) and the Nordic Africa Institute (Sweden).

Select Publications

Edited Publications

Negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty: A Toolkit for African States (Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies), 2012.

The Conventional Arms Trade and its Control in Africa (Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies), 2009.
National Human Rights Institutions in Africa: Defenders of Human Rights, Managers of Conflict, Builders of Peace? (Cape Town: Centre for Conflict Resolution) (with Michelle Parlevliet and Victoria Maloka), 2006.

African Security Review, Vol. 15, No. 2 (with Douglas Tuttle), 2006.

‘Hide and Seek’: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, (Pretoria: Centre for Conflict Resolution; Gun Free South Africa; Institute for Security Studies), (with Chandré Gould), 2004.

Demilitarisation and Peace-building in Southern Africa Volume III: The Role of the Military in State Formation and Nation-building, (London: Ashgate), (with Peter Batchelor and Kees Kingma), 2004.

“Farewell to Arms: the Transition from Military to Civilian Life in South Africa,” Track Two, Vol. 11, Nos. 7 & 8, 2003.

Peer Review Journals

“African Solutions to an International Problem: Arms Control and Disarmament in Africa”, Journal of International Affairs, Spring/Summer, Vol. 62, No. 2, 2009, pp. 69-83 (with Dominique Dye).

“Parading US Security Interests as African Security Policy, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2009, pp. 50-52,

“The Regulation of Arms Brokering in Southern Africa”, Disarmament Forum, No. 3, 2009, pp.43-51.

“Militarisation’s Long Shadow: Namibia’s Legacy of Armed Violence”, Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2006, pp. 30-38.

“A Farewell to Arms: Lessons from South Africa’s Demobilisation and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants into Civilian Life for Post-Conflict Democratic Republic of Congo”, Journal of Human Rights and Peace in the Great Lakes Region, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2004, pp. 154-170.

“The Demand for Military Spending in South Africa”, Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 315-330, 2002 (with Peter Batchelor and J. Paul Dunne).

“Reflections on Demilitarisation: A Southern African Perspective”, International Peacekeeping, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2000, pp. 120-136.

“Civil Supremacy of the Military in Namibia”, Journal of Peace, Conflict and Military Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2000, pp. 91-112.

Chapters in Books

“National and international policies to prevent and reduce armed violence” in Peter D. Donnelly and Catherine L. Ward (eds), Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, and Policy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“The Meaning of Loss: Firearms Diversion in South Africa”. Small Arms Survey (ed.), Small Arms Survey 2008. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 183-201 (with Gregory Mthembu-Salter), 2008.

“Reaping the Whirlwind: The Demobilisation and Reintegration of Former Combatants in Zimbabwe, 1979-2004”, In David Everatt (ed.), Only Useful Until Democracy? Reintegrating Ex-Combatants in Post-Apartheid South Africa with Lessons from Kosovo and Zimbabwe. Johannesburg: Atlantic Philanthropies, 2007.

“Militarising Politics and Development: The Case of Namibia”, In Lars Buur, Steffen Jensen and Finn Stepputat (eds.), The Security-Development Nexus: Expressions of Sovereignty and Securitization in Southern Africa (Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute), 2006.

“Puzzling Over the Pieces: Comparing the Demand, Proliferation, Impact and Control of Small Arms in Nine Southern African Countries”, in Chandré Gould, and Guy Lamb (eds.), ‘Hide and Seek’: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, (Pretoria: Centre for Conflict Resolution; Gun Free South Africa; Institute for Security Studies), 2004.

“Defence Industrial Participation: the South African Experience”, in Jurgen Brauer and J. Paul Dunne (eds.), Arms Trade and Economic Development: Theory, Policy, and Cases in Arms Trade Offsets. London: Routledge (with J. Paul Dunne), 2004.

“The Rise and Demise of South Africa’s Nuclear Weapons Programme: Lessons for States with Nuclear Weapons Programmes”, in Swedish Physicians for the Prevention of War (ed.), Instead of Nuclear Weapons: New Views on Human, Global and National Security, (Uppsala, SLMK), 2002.

“Putting Belligerents in Context: The Case of Namibia and Angola”, in Simon Chesterman (ed.), Civilians in War, (Boulder: Lynne Rienner), 2001.


DDR 20 Years Later. Historical Review of the Long-Term Impact of Post-Independence DDR in Southern Africa, (Washington D.C.: World Bank), June 2013.

Assessing the Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in the Context of instability and Informal Economies, (Washington D.C.: World Bank), 2012.

Rumours of War, Whispers of Peace, Assessment of the Reintegration of Ex-Combatants into Civilian Life in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo, (Washington D.C.: World Bank) (with Nelson Alusala, Gregory Mthembu-Salter and Jean-Marie Gasana), 2012.

Report of the Panel of Experts on Liberia submitted pursuant to paragraph 5 (e) of Security Council resolution 1792 (2007) concerning Liberia, UN Document S2008/371 (with Tom Creal and Wynet Smith).

“The Illicit Arms Trade in Africa: A Global Enterprise”, African Analyst, Issue 1, 2006, pp. 45-54 (with Matt Schroeder).

“Transition from Military to Civilian Life: the Case of Retired Special Forces Operators”, Track Two, Vol. 11, Nos. 7 & 8, 2003.

“Soldiers of Misfortune: Lessons for Namibia”, Namibia Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 16-18, 2003.

“Debasing Democracy: Security Forces and Human Rights Abuses in Post-Liberation Namibia and South Africa”, in Melber, H (comp.) Measuring Democracy and Human Rights in Southern Africa (Uppsala, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet Institute Discussion Paper 18), pp. 30-49, 2002.

“Prospects for Regional Co-operation in Southern Africa”, Regionalism and Regional Integration in Africa: A Debate of Current Aspects and Issues (Uppsala, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet Discussion Paper 11), pp. 54-74 (with Heribert Dieter and Henning Melber), 2001.

“Survey of the Staff Development and Training Needs of Peace Institutes in Southern Africa”, Track Two, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2001.

“Rebuilding Zaire: Pulling the Failed State Back from the Brink”, Track Two, Vol. 6, No. 1 April 1997.

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