In February 1994, Robert Kaplan published a highly controversial article in the influential Atlantic Monthly titled, "The Coming Anarchy." Kaplan prophesized that a combination of "scarcity, crime, overpopulation, tribalism and disease" would swiftly undermine the social fabric of the world people know. Africa, and especially West Africa, was depicted as one of the key ground zero sites. Kaplan's article has been widely read and debated by both academics and policymakers. This article explores both the legal and illegal dynamics of the international conventional arms trade as well as weapons transfers and proliferation in Africa -- all of which are intertwined. Specific reference is made to current conflict hotspots in Africa, where the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons is most severe. This article also critically considers the mechanisms and instruments that have been established to control these arms transfers. In addition, it examines the link between arms transfers and peace and continental integration in Africa.
AFRICAN SOLUTIONS TO AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM: ARMS CONTROL AND Guy Lamb; Dominique Dye Journal of International
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