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Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms [Hardcover]

Lora Lumpe

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1 July 2000
This volume is about the guns that fuel the huge toll of deaths in the world's most bloody conflicts at the turn of the century. Whether it is Africa, Sri Lanka or even Chechnya and Afghanistan, it is not heavy weaponry or hi-tech devices that kill the most people, but the flood of cheap, easy to get, small arms that has swept over so many countries in the 80s and 90s. Crime rates involving guns within countries have also soared, as South Africa and Kenya, for example, have experienced. Yet a lot of this cross-border arms trade is illegal. So much so that several governments, including the United States, Canada and Mexico, are now pressing for rapid negotiation of a new global treaty on illegal trafficking in small arms. This book seeks to advance our understanding or illegal arms traffic. What precisely is involved? How is it conducted? Who are the players? What are the impacts? What needs to be done? The chapters that follow explore the key issues including the state of play of current international negotiations and agreements.

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Running Guns
Just when the international community is awakening to the dangers to peace, security and democratic governance posed by the proliferation of small arms, Running Guns provides a body of interpretative analysis that should serve as the framework for developing real responses. - Daniel Garcia-Peña, former Presidential peace advisor and peace negotiator in Colombia

From Albania's stolen arsenals to the fields of Kosovo, from guerrilla wars to violent crime in Central America, and from the factories of China and other nations to ongoing civil wars in Africa, small arms have become one of the key issues in global human security. This book provides the first in-depth coverage of the infrastructure of the small arms business, and traces the evolving international efforts to contain the impact of these weapons on civil conflict and civil society. - Jonathan M. Winer, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Crime

Gun trafficking-whether by states to repressive governments for political gain, or by individuals for profit-has contributed to death and suffering around the world. Strong statements against the illegal arms trade are en-couraging, but governments must also act, with urgency and seriousness. Running Guns lays out a no-nonsense agenda for government action that would effectively counter this deadly trade. - José Ramos-Horta, Vice President of the National Council of Timorese Resistance and Nobel Peace Laureate

Hard facts are essential for effective campaigning to bring about social change. This book provides a wealth of analysis and outlines concrete steps that governments must take if they are serious about shutting down the traffic in small arms. - Jody Williams, International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Nobel Peace Laureate

Too many arms in the wrong hands at the worst possible time could well become the Black Death of the 21st century. Collectively, we must either do something to curb this illicit trade in deadly light weapons, or we must ac-cept that more unarmed civilians will die in the forgotten wars of our time than in the world wars of our grandparents. This book tells us what to do, and why we should do it now. - Jan Egeland, former Deputy Norwegian Foreign Minister

Contents

1. Introduction - Lora Lumpe

FRAMING THE ISSUE

2. Anatomy of a Deal - Brian Johnson Thomas 3. What's "Legal"? What's "Illegal"? - Emanuela-Chiara Gillard

THE SOURCES

4. Government Gun-running to Sub-State Actors - Lucy Mathiak and Lora Lumpe 5. Manufacturing Trends: Going to the Source - Peter Abel and Virginia Ezell 6. Domestic Gun Markets: The Licit-Illicit Links - Wendy Cukier

THE MECHANICS

7. Making the Deal and Moving the Goods-the role of brokers and shippers - Brian Wood and Johan Peleman 8. Gunsmoke and Mirrors: Financing the illegal trade - Tom Naylor

THE WAY FORWARD

9. Combating the Illegal Traffic: Progress and Prospects - Sarah Meek 10. Policing for Gun Control: International Issues - Ted Leggett 11. Conclusions and Recommendations - Lora Lumpe --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 21 July 2002
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This ia a fascinating and extremely relevant study on the illegal - black market - trade in small arms. The book covers the subject from instances of trafficking by arms dealers, government supplies to rebels in foreign countries, and the utility of national and international regulations.
A very good read.
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