The Global Arms Trade: A Handbook

The Global Arms Trade: A Handbook

The Global Arms Trade: A Handbook

The Global Arms Trade: A Handbook


'The Global Arms Trade' is a timely, comprehensive and in-depth study of this topic, a phenomenon which has continued to flourish despite the end of the Cold War and the preoccupation with global terrorism after 11 September 2001.


The global arms trade is an important, but under-researched, area of academic enquiry. Despite the end of the Cold War, arms expenditure as well as arms procurement have not, as a whole, declined. Instead, the trends suggest that aside from Western Europe, the rest of the world has not reaped a peace dividend from the end of the Cold War. Globally, the increase in military expenditure has led to the procurement of increasingly sophisticated weapons systems as well as the refurbishment of old ones. This has ensured the continuation and expansion of the global arms trade. The international supply of arms is also backed by the existence of a sophisticated arms industry that has gradually become a globalized industry.

Some key questions include: What have been the trends in arms procurement? What accounts for defence procurement? What are the key issues in arms procurement? What are the future prospects for the global arms trade? How has the arms industry adapted to the end of the Cold War and the emergence of globalization? Furthermore, what are the key issues in the global arms trade?

Some key issues that come to mind include: the trade-off between defence spending and development, the undue influence of the ‘military industrial complex’, the control of the proliferation of conventional arms, insurgencies and their impact on arms procurement, the privatization of force, and future war and weapons systems.

Written by a team of international arms experts, The Global Arms Trade: a handbook is divided into sections that examine the demand for arms, the supply of arms and the key issues in the global arms trade. Although this is a refereed volume, its comprehensive and in-depth treatment of the subject will make this a standard reference for years to come. This volume is especially useful to scholars, policy analysts, those in the arms industry, defence professionals, students of international relations and security studies, media professionals, government officials, and those generally interested in the arms trade.

Andrew T. H. Tan University of New South Wales October 2009 . . .

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