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Channels of small-arms proliferation: Policy implications for Asia-Pacific


  • Stefan Markowski

    () (University of New South Wales)

  • Stephanie Koorey

    () (Australian National University)

  • Peter Hall

    () (University of New South Wales)

  • Jurgen Brauer

    () (Augusta State University)


To develop effective policy to reduce the proliferation of illicit small arms in developing countries, it is necessary to have a good understanding of how these weapons are distributed and how illicit stockpiles are formed. This article captures structural characteristics of small-arms supply-chains and, in particular, stylizes the different mechanisms for funneling small arms to illicit users. The article draws on the experience of countries in South and Southeast Asia and of the Melanesian states of the Pacific. By focusing on the structural complexity of supply chains, the article highlights challenges that multichannel supply chains pose for governments in developing countries that seek to curb the flow of small arms into illicit stocks.

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  • Stefan Markowski & Stephanie Koorey & Peter Hall & Jurgen Brauer, 2008. "Channels of small-arms proliferation: Policy implications for Asia-Pacific," Economics of Peace and Security Journal, EPS Publishing, vol. 3(1), pages 79-85, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:epc:journl:v:3:y:2008:i:1:p:79-85

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    Cited by:

    1. Jurgen Brauer & J. Paul Dunne, 2011. "Macroeconomics and Violence," Chapters, in: Derek L. Braddon & Keith Hartley (ed.), Handbook on the Economics of Conflict, chapter 13, Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Topher L. McDougal & Athena Kolbe & Robert Muggah & Nicholas Marsh, 2014. "Ammunition Leakage From The Military To Civilian Markets: Market Price Evidence From Haiti, 2004 - 2012," SADO - Working Papers 192, Small Arms Data Observatory.

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    Peace; security; firearms; small arms; proliferation;

    JEL classification:

    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War


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