Air Transport and Destabilizing Commodity Flows

Air transport and destabilizing commodity flowsThis Policy Paper shows how existing mechanisms and programmes can be used to tackle destabilizing or illicit commodity flows via air transport. These flows include small arms and light weapons, cocaine, tobacco and valuable raw materials. Since the end of the cold war, trade in these goods has funded and accentuated conflicts in Angola, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan.

This report unequivocally establishes the role that air transport has played in providing the means for weapons to be delivered and resources extracted. As such, it is the first study to examine the role of air transport across the full spectrum of destabilizing or wholly illicit commodity flows.

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