The International Arms Trade

The International Arms Trade

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The international trade in guns, tanks, and missiles is a global multi-billion dollar business. This book explores the complexities and realities of the global conventional weapons trade and provided an engaging introduction to the trade, the effects and the consequences of these weapons in the contemporary world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 165 x 210 x 15mm | 372g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745641547
  • 9780745641546
  • 1,129,707

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The multi-billion dollar business of the international conventionalarms trade involves virtually every country in the world. Aroundthe globe, people's lives are being irrevocably changed by theeffects of guns, tanks, and missiles. These weapons have thepotential to cause a deadly and current threat - one responsiblefor hundreds of thousands of deaths a year.

This succinct and accessible new book explores the complexitiesand realities of the global conventional weapons trade. The firstbook on the subject in nearly a decade, The International ArmsTrade provides an engaging introduction to the trade, theeffects, and the consequences of these weapons. The authors tracethe history of the arms trade and examine how it has evolved sincethe end of the Cold War. In particular, they assess the role of thelargest arms exporters and importers, the business of sellingconventional arms around the world, and shed new light on theillicit arms trade and the shadowy dealers who profit from theirdeadly commerce. The book also looks closely at the devastatingeffect the business can have on countries, societies, andindividuals and concludes with an evaluation of the variousexisting control strategies and the potential for future controlopportunities.

The International Arms Trade will be invaluable forstudents and scholars of international relations and securitystudies, and for policymakers and anyone interested inunderstanding more about the conventional arms trade.
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Table of contents

List of acronyms.

Chapter 1 Introduction to the International Arms Trade.

Chapter 2 The International Arms Trade in Historical Perspective.

Chapter 3 The Legal Supply and Transfer of Arms.

Chapter 4 The Illicit Arms Trade.

Chapter 5 The Consequences of the International Arms Trade.

Chapter 6 Controlling the International Arms Trade.

Chapter 7 Conclusion.

Appendix. The EU Code of Conduct on Arms Transfers.



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"A wealth of fascinating detail on the often murky workings of the arms business, and explores the trade's political and security complexes - and what should be done to curb it." Middle East International "The concise text, which makes a good introduction and reference guide, is supplemented by nearly 60 pages of notes and bibliographic information for readers who would like to dig more deeply." Arms Control Association "This is an indispensable primer on the global weapons business - how it works, who it hurts, and what can be done to rein it in. Stohl and Grillot have produced a hard-hitting, well-documented, and highly readable account of the most pressing security issue of our era." William Hartung, Director, Arms and Security Initiative, New America Foundation "This book does an admirable job of covering a very large literature, including human security and the illegal arms trade, among other areas. I don't think there is a comparable book available. The international arms trade is an important subject that is widely misunderstood. This book will go a long way to remedying this defect in our knowledge." William W. Keller, Professor of International Security and Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh "For centuries, the international arms trade has provoked conflict, produced vast bloodshed, and fueled local rivalries. There is no better guide to this deadly commerce - and how to control it - than Stohl and Grillot's The International Arms Trade." Michael Klare, author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil "A must-read for policymakers around the world." Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritan, Chair of the UN Open Ended Working Group on the Arms Trade Treaty and the UN Group of Governmental Experts on the UN Arms Register
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About Rachel Stohl

Rachel Stohl is Associate Fellow at Chatham House.
Suzette Grillot is Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
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