The	Sulu	Arms	Market:	National	Responses	to	a	Regional	Problem

The Sulu Arms Market: National Responses to a Regional Problem

by Lino Miani

Situated in a remote area long a historical buffer zone between competing political entities, the Sulu Arms Market is an illicit market of a typical form in that it is both a source and a destination for less-than-legal guns. What makes the Sulu market unique is its longevity which is measured in centuries. In modern times, guns from the area supply conflicts and crime from Japan to Sri Lanka to Papua New Guinea and beyond; and in turn the world pours guns and ammunition into Mindanao, the Maluku (Molucca) Islands, and to a lesser extent, Malaysia and the rest of the Philippines. Like most black arms pipelines, the Sulu Arms Market is intertwined with piracy, terrorism, and the traffic of other illicit commodities. Criminal gangs, communists, Moro independence groups, and Islamic militants are all major players in the market, making it a security problem for at least five member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction
2. The Illicit Arms Market: Analysis of a System
3. The Sulu Arms Market: The Players
4. Supply and Demand in the Sulu Arms Market
5. Regional Counter-Trafficking Policies
6. Conclusion
About the Author
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  • Number of Pages : 215
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 280g
  • Product Code : 9789814311113
  • Dimension : 134 x 216 mm

About Author

Lino Miani

Major Lino Miani is a United States Army Special Forces officer with over seven years of special operations experience in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has a unique background in academic and interagency activities, most recently as a member of the Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) at the Center for the Study of WMD at National Defense University in Washington, D.C.