Arms sales: The last barons of the African market

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This article is part of the dossier: Africa’s barons of arm sales

By Vincent Duhem

Posted on Wednesday, 18 May 2022 10:16, updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 16:18

For several weeks now, the clatter of Russian guns in Ukraine has brought up a very bad memory for Europe. That of war. European countries were prepared for it. Since 2014, when Crimea was annexed by Russia, Europe has once again become one of the hotspots of the global arms trade. In Africa, the acquisition of military equipment has clearly diminished – by 13% from 2015 to 2020. However, faced with numerous security threats – terrorism, transnational crime, piracy – the continent remains particularly affected.

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“We will have to increase our defence forces. We will have to increase our border protections. We will be obliged to buy weapons,” the Ivorian head of state, Alassane Ouattara, recently declared in reaction to the announced departure of the French army from Mali.

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