The Arms Trade and Militarized Actors in Internal Conflict

  • Neil Cooper


The aim in this chapter is to outline the dynamics of the post-Cold War arms trade and the way in which it services and influences conflict between actors within the state. This will be undertaken in two stages. The first section will attempt to outline the dynamics of the post-Cold War arms trade, focusing not only on the role of states as suppliers and receivers but also of other militarized actors in sub-state conflict such as insurgents, criminal organizations and mercenary groups. It will be suggested here that the mechanisms by which arms reach actors in internal conflicts are diverse and plentiful, and that the move away from the metaphor of proliferation to that of diffusion now adopted by some commentators more appropriately captures the manner in which arms are spread to (and also from) such internal conflicts.


Black Market Internal Conflict Insurgent Group Security Dilemma Light Weapon 
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