TITLE

PULL FACTORS IN THE TRANSFER OF CONVENTIONAL ARMAMENTS TO AFRICA

AUTHOR(S)
Avery, William P.; Picard, Louis A.
PUB. DATE
March 1980
SOURCE
Journal of Political & Military Sociology;Spring80, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p55
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Over the past several years arms transfers to African states have generated considerable discussion as to who is supplying what and how much to whom. Little systematic attention, however, has been directed to explanatory factors in African acquisitions of conventional armaments. An empirical examination of "pull factors" (conditions associated with a recipient country's domestic situation) indicates that the availability of economic resources is the primary influence on levels of arms transfers to Africa during the period 1965-1971. Militarily, the relative proximity of Northern African states to the Middle East conflict has a quite significant impact on calculations of arms needs. An unexpected finding is the apparent absence of a significant relationship between regional conflict in the South and arms imports. On the political level, civil strife and military influence in government are significant factors in decisions to import arms. In sum, the levels of African arms do not vary randomly, but are systematically influenced by the pull of several meaningful variables associated with domestic conditions in the recipient countries.
ACCESSION #
10434248

 

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