Insurgency, drugs and small arms in Myanmar

Behera, Anshuman (2017) Insurgency, drugs and small arms in Myanmar. Strategic Analysis, 41 (1). pp. 34-48.

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Abstract: The many links between drugs, small arms and insurgency have been widely discussed and addressed by scholars. The literature in particular has convincingly shown how several insurgent groups in Myanmar have used the drug business to finance and sustain their violent movements. Funds generated from drug production and circulation help the insurgent groups to procure arms, and are widely believed to be supporting the protracted nature of these movements. In this context, Myanmar presents itself as a classic example wherein the relationship between drugs, small arms and insurgency becomes clearly apparent. The country has become a major hub for illicit drugs production. It has been observed that insurgency, arms smuggling and illicit drugs business depend heavily on each other for their sustenance. The ‘ungoverned territories’ bordering other states also help insurgencies and keep the drug business flourishing. Given this context, this article focuses on unravelling the linkages among insurgency, drugs and small arms in Myanmar.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Additional Information: Copyright belongs to the author
Subjects: School of Conflict and Security Studies > Conflict Resolution
Programmes > Conflict Resolution Programme
Divisions: Schools > Conflict and Security Studies
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2017 06:45
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2017 06:45
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    DOI: 10.1080/09700161.2016.1249176

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