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Arms imports in the wake of embargoes

Bove, Vincenzo and Böhmelt, Tobias (2021) 'Arms imports in the wake of embargoes.' European Journal of International Relations, 27 (4). pp. 1114-1135. ISSN 1354-0661

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Abstract

Do states circumvent embargoes by supplying weapons across borders to sanctioned countries? We report evidence that arms imports systematically increase in the neighborhood of conflict states under an embargo. Using several alternative research-design specifications, we contend that this pattern is consistent with arms exporters shifting the arms trade to neighbors of conflict states under sanctions, where it is easier to move arms clandestinely across the border. Despite the lack of direct evidence of clandestine cross-border trafficking, this research contributes to the development of more sophisticated screening tools to identify potential non-compliers with arms embargoes for direct follow-up investigations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arms trade; conflict; counterfactual; differences-in-difference design; embargoes
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2021 14:42
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:27
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31463

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