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Running guns : the global black market in small arms
Lumpe, Lora, 1964-
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London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by St. Martins Press, 2000.
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xii, 243 pages ; 22 cm
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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.

Author Notes

Lora Lumpe founded the Arms Sales Monitoring Project at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington DC in 1991 where she directed its research and advocacy programme until she became director of research at the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers at the Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo, in 1998. In addition to publishing numerous book chapters, magazine articles and op-eds, she edited the quarterly newsletter, Arms Sales Monitor. She coauthored Arms Trade Revealed: A Guide for Investigators and Activists (1998) and is the editor of other recent books on disarmament topics.

Table of Contents

Thorvald StoltenbergLora Lumpe and Sarah Meek and R. T. NaylorBrian Johnson-ThomasEmanuela-Chiara GillardLucy Mathiak and Lora LumpePete AbelWendy Cukier and Steve ShropshireBrian Wood and Johan PelemanR. T. NaylorSarah MeekTed LeggettLora Lumpe
Forewordp. vii
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction to Gun-Runningp. 1
Part 1 Framing the issue
1 Anatomy of a Shady Dealp. 13
2 What's Legal? What's Illegal?p. 27
Part 2 Sources of supply
3 Government Gun-Running to Guerrillasp. 55
4 Manufacturing Trends: Globalising the Sourcep. 81
5 Domestic Gun Markets: The Licit-Illicit Linksp. 105
Part 3 Mechanics of the trade
6 Making the Deal and Moving the Goods: The Role of Brokers and Shippersp. 129
7 Gunsmoke and Mirrors: Financing the Illegal Tradep. 155
Part 4 Forward steps
8 Combating Arms Trafficking: Progress and Prospectsp. 183
9 Law Enforcement and International Gun Traffickingp. 207
Summary of Recommendations for States and Citizensp. 225
Glossary of Termsp. 233
About the Authorsp. 235
Indexp. 239