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Developing a Mechanism to prevent Illicit Brokering in Small Arms - Scope and Implications
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, 2006

One of the consequences of the more global, differentiated and
diverse arms trade is the increasing reliance of arms buyers and sellers
on specialized services from persons or companies that act as
intermediaries, or “middlemen”, to arrange arms transactions. Put
simply, arms brokers are intermediaries who negotiate commercial and
logistical arrangements to meet the requirements of buyers, sellers and
other relevant actors, such as officials, financiers and transport agents,
in order to facilitate the transfer of weapons and munitions in return
for a commission or other material reward, gain or consideration.

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