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Stephen Emerson and Hussein Solomon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526122735

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526122735.001.0001

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Trafficking in drugs and small arms

Trafficking in drugs and small arms

(p.116) 6 Trafficking in drugs and small arms
African security in the twenty-first century

Stephen Emerson

Hussein Solomon

Manchester University Press

The carrying on of trade, both legal and illegal, between communities has been a fundamental feature of global economic relationships and an essential component of economic and social development. Modern-day trafficking is more than simply a reflection of an age old problem of illegal trade, because of the power of globalization. With Africa’s continuing integration into the global economy, the continent has becoming ever more vulnerable to the dark side of globalization that drives international trafficking. The challenge that the illicit trade in drugs and small arms brings to the continent is one far beyond the immediate impact of rising transnational criminal activity, but one that has broader implications for cross-cutting linkages to African security, stability and the future of African governance.

Keywords:   dark side of globalization, cocaine and heroin, synthetic drugs, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Cold War stockpiles, small arms and light weapons recirculation, corruption and political instability, personal security, Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

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