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Title:Africa in retrospect: Russia, Iran and Chinese arms supplies to Sudan
Author:McFarland, Sherri
Year:2010
Periodical:African and Asian Studies (ISSN 1569-2094)
Volume:9
Issue:4
Pages:462-480
Language:English
Geographic terms:Sudan
China
Iran
Russian Federation
Subjects:arms trade
arms embargo
civil wars
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921010X534823
Abstract:This study provides information on the civil war and destructive situation in the Republic of Sudan, which has led to the indictment of the sitting Sudanese Head of State in 2009. It discusses increased weapons transfers and their adverse impact on the conflict in Sudan. Additionally, theoretical frameworks regarding the foreign policies of nation-States, power, and resource conflict are used to analyse the Sudanese government's relationships with China, Russia and Iran as well as its relationship with the marginalized regions of the country such as Darfur and the Nuba Mountains. The author argues that the major players in the conflict, including Russia, Iran and China, can be considered as culprits in the arms race in the area. These countries have continued to supply arms to Sudan despite the institution of a UN arms embargo in 2004. Although the weapons procurement chain in Sudan demands a comprehensive analysis of both State and non-State actors a close examination of its relationship with various nation-States will provide a greater understanding of the economic and political environment that has contributed to the increase of weapons transfers which has adversely impacted internal and regional security. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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