By Mike Bourne

ISBN-10: 0230019331

ISBN-13: 9780230019331

ISBN-10: 023059218X

ISBN-13: 9780230592186

Small hands and light-weight guns are the first guns of such a lot armed conflicts. foreign responses were formed by means of the view that they're abundantly to be had and simply available to all on a world illicit industry. This booklet argues that the arming of clash is complexly based and hugely dynamic. It uncovers and describes the development and interplay of constructions and dynamics at worldwide and nearby degrees, which form the arming styles of either country and non-state actors.

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Broadly speaking, therefore, there are two primary types of technological structure that contribute to the character of the spread of weapons: 1. the availability of the technology and know-how, which is largely framed at a global level; 2. the requirements of technological infrastructure and know-how for those acquiring weapons. Global availability of technology The primary structure of the availability of technology (material and knowledge) is the degree and nature of existing spread, as this determines the number of actors from whom technology may be available.

This is also strongly related to dual-utility: highly dual-use technologies are significantly or even predominantly in the hands of private companies for whom technology is a commodity to be sold. The diffusion of technology into the commercial sector therefore frames the future spread of that technology within a market structure. Thus the commodification and commercial availability of a technology is a key aspect of the structure of future spread. The key to the construction of channels of technology spread is the degree to which this commodification is restrained and regulated by states and the international community.

They do not, however, explain or even describe the nature of SALW flows to conflicts, but rather are the routine local arms trade that is related to that flow, but is not either a major source for it or a predominant form of it. Outside of the small academic community concerned with SALW, the SALW literature is largely a policy-oriented literature and many of its anecdotes serve an awareness raising/shock value purpose, rather than being descriptive or analytic. Yet, such statements often precede or take the place of appropriate description.

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