A magnificent and ancient society² racked by a series of wars in the past half century, Yemen is suspected of having the highest per capita holdings of small arms in the world. Government officials and tribesmen alike nod, shrug, and sometimes smile when telling foreigners that their country is home to some 50 million small arms, the majority of which are fully automatic assault rifles. Using newly-developed techniques, a more accurate national holdings estimate has been found, which reduces the myth by over 80 per cent.³
This paper is based upon three questions:
How many small arms and light weapons...