Brothers Came Back with Weapons: The Effects of Arms Proliferation from Libya - PRIO

Brothers Came Back with Weapons: The Effects of Arms Proliferation from Libya

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Marsh, Nicholas (2017) Brothers Came Back with Weapons: The Effects of Arms Proliferation from Libya, PRISM 6(4): 79–96.

​Large quantities of arms from Libya were illicitly trafficked to Gaza, Mali, the Sinai, and Syria. In Mali and Sinai transfers from Libya qualitatively enhanced the military capacity of nonstate opposition groups by supplying military weapons that had previously been unavailable or in short supply. Large quantities of arms were shipped to Gaza and Syria, but alternative sources of supply mean that Libyan weapons probably did not give groups there new capabilities. 

The proliferation of arms from Libya abated after 2013. Since then a combination of national and international initiatives to prevent trafficking, and an upsurge in fighting in Libya have likely reduced illicit arms flows from Libya. Significant quantities of arms have not proliferated from Libya outside North Africa, Syria, and Gaza. Hitherto, proliferation of arms from Libya has been a regional problem that has partially been managed by states, and it has not been as destabilizing as feared. 

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