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Arms Acquisition Patterns and the Dynamics of Armed Conflict: Lessons from the Niger Delta.

  • Academic Journal
  • International Studies Perspectives; May2009, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p169-185, 17p
  • Arms acquisition is a crucial venture for armed insurgency groups for carrying out their militant activities. I argue that the specific manner in which these groups obtain weapons may have important consequences for the dynamics of violent intrastate conflict. While most previous studies of the relationship between arms acquisition and armed conflict have focused solely on the impact of arms availability, in this article I analyze the impact of two specific aspects of arms acquisition patterns--the methods and the degree of leadership control--on the dynamics and nature of armed conflict in a qualitative case study of the armed conflict in the Niger Delta (Nigeria) between 1995 and 2005. I conclude that the specific arms acquisition method and the degree of leadership control over this process have strongly affected the dynamics of the conflict. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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