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Title:Small arms and light weapons proliferation and conflicts: three African case studies
Author:Badmus, Isiaka AlaniISNI
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Geographic terms:Angola
Subjects:arms trade
small arms
Abstract:This article argues that the intractability of African conflicts is due to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. The growing and uncontrolled trade in SALW has made the resolution of conflicts in Africa a mammoth task, which is illustrated here by the cases of Somalia, Angola and Liberia. Compounding the problem is the lack of sincerity on the part of exporting countries in putting in place proper mechanisms of arms control. Supplying States often deal clandestinely with sub-State actors, such as warlords, thereby undermining the efforts of the international community. The article also argues that the call for stemming the supply of SALW to conflict-prone regions is inadequate. Concentrating on the supply-side of weapons' control without paying attention to the real causes of the demand for weapons offers only a temporary solution to the problem. To curb the menace of SALW proliferation, both the supply and the demand sides of control must be addressed. The fight against illegal arms trafficking must take place on three levels - national, regional and international. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]