Arm in Arm: The Political Economy of the Global Arms Trade

Arm in Arm: The Political Economy of the Global Arms Trade

Arm in Arm: The Political Economy of the Global Arms Trade

Arm in Arm: The Political Economy of the Global Arms Trade

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"In Arm in Arm, senior congressional analyst William W. Keller offers a fascinating inside account of the contemporary arms trade. The book breaks down the traditional distinction between conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. It examines the implications of the spread of dual-use technologies - technologies with both peaceful and military applications - for international peace and security." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

From 1989 through 1991 I directed a study of the global arms trade under the auspices of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Government Operations. In the course of that study, we conducted interviews at approximately one hundred arms firms in Western Europe, East Asia, and the United States.

I came away from this experience with grave concerns about a world-class problem: the global diffusion of the most powerful weapons and the technologies that underlie them. It is a problem that many people think has gone away. The end of the cold war has relieved their sense of urgency about regional arms races and the . . .

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