"When the daily news makes clear that the
traffic in small arms and explosives is aiding
terrorists, mercenaries, criminals, and drug
traffickers some of whom possess weapons superior to
those in the hands of the national army it is no
longer possible to feign ignorance about the threat
such trafficking poses to people's lives and regional
stability. Michael Klare and David Andersen...clarify
the dimensions of violence and the relationship of
light weapons trafficking to the conflicts in the
---Graciela Uribe de Lozano Colombian Ministry of
Legal shipments of weapons to Latin America,
including data on U.S. arms exported to governments in Latin
America, through State, Commerce and Defense Department programs.
Since data on many aspects of U.S. exports of light arms are
currently not made public, we have filed a series of requests
under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain such information.
It also includes current Latin American
national light weapons inventories.
Latin American weapons production and exports, including
data on the licensed production of U.S. and European weapons
in Latin America, and on sales of Latin American arms within
the Western Hemisphere.
Illegal shipments of light weapons to and from the Western
Hemisphere. We developed a data-base of incidents
of light weapons trafficking in Latin America, which illustrates
the methods, scope and prevalence of the black market trade.
Effects of the diffusion of light weapons on the level
of violence and state stability in the Western Hemisphere.
We examined the impact of liberal access to light arms on development,
democracy, civil-military relations, political stability, governance,
and corruption throughout the hemisphere. We also looked at the
"backlash" phenomenon of U.S.-manufactured arms to
narco-traffickers in Latin America returning to the streets of
Policy recommendations. Based on our
research, we made four proposals to help control the flow of
small arms and light weapons in the Western Hemisphere.