MIKE BOURNE is Research Fellow at the Centre for International Cooperation and Security, Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. His research interests focus on security and conflict issues, including small arms proliferation and policy responses.
Arming Conflict: The Proliferation of Small Armsby Mike Bourne
Small arms are the main tools of violence of modern-day wars and conflicts and are responsible for approximately half a million deaths per year. Terrorists, rebel groups, criminals, repressive governments and human rights abusers are all equipped with small arms: it seems that anyone, anywhere can acquire vast quantities of arms which allow them to sustain conflict, undermine development and devastate human security.
Yet the proliferation of these 'real' weapons of mass destruction is poorly understood, and in this ground-breaking work on the subject, Mike Bourne argues that, far from operating as an amorphous, globalised, illicit market, the spread of small arms is complexly structured and highly dynamic. Examining the arming of conflicts across the globe, this book uncovers and analyses the construction and interaction of these processes at global, regional and conflict levels, exploring how these shape the arming patterns of both state and nonstate actors.
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Mike Bourne is Research Fellow at the Centre for International Cooperation and Security, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK
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