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Arms Flows and the Conflict in Somalia

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Publisher: SIPRI
October, 2010
The combination of conflict and weak governance in Somalia has had a devastating impact on civilians as well as exacerbating regional tensions and facilitating the rise of piracy. This Background Paper examines recent arms supplies to Somalia and to other African countries that have directly supported Somali armed actors, both government and opposition. It discusses the effects of the United Nations arms embargoes on Somalia and Eritrea and presents the risks that are involved in supplying arms to even those actors not under embargo.




Pieter D. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.