The International Arms Trade

The International Arms Trade

by Rachel Stohl, Suzette Grillot
     
 

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The multi-billion dollar business of the international conventional arms trade involves virtually every country in the world. Around the globe, people's lives are being irrevocably changed by the effects of guns, tanks, and missiles. These weapons have the potential to cause a deadly and current threat - one responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths a… See more details below

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The multi-billion dollar business of the international conventional arms trade involves virtually every country in the world. Around the globe, people's lives are being irrevocably changed by the effects of guns, tanks, and missiles. These weapons have the potential to cause a deadly and current threat - one responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths a year.

This succinct and accessible new book explores the complexities and realities of the global conventional weapons trade. The first book on the subject in nearly a decade, The International Arms Trade provides an engaging introduction to the trade, the effects, and the consequences of these weapons. The authors trace the history of the arms trade and examine how it has evolved since the end of the Cold War. In particular, they assess the role of the largest arms exporters and importers, the business of selling conventional arms around the world, and shed new light on the illicit arms trade and the shadowy dealers who profit from their deadly commerce. The book also looks closely at the devastating effect the business can have on countries, societies, and individuals and concludes with an evaluation of the various existing control strategies and the potential for future control opportunities.

The International Arms Trade will be invaluable for students and scholars of international relations and security studies, and for policymakers and anyone interested in understanding more about the conventional arms trade.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A wealth of fascinating detail on the often murky workings of thearms business, and explores the trade's political and securitycomplexes - and what should be done to curb it."
Middle East International

"Stohl and Grillot have produced a useful basic compilation oflatest trends in the international arms trade from both supply anddemand standpoints. They introduce the general and undergraduatereader to legal issues and underlying reasons for arms exports,ranging from the economic to technological and strategic, and theycatalog both the continuities and changes among the world'stop-ranked suppliers."
Choice

"The concise text, which makes a good introduction and referenceguide, is supplemented by nearly 60 pages of notes andbibliographic information for readers who would like to dig moredeeply."
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 ofour era."
William Hartung, Director, Arms and Security Initiative, NewAmerica Foundation

"This book does an admirable job of covering a very largeliterature, including human security and the illegal arms trade,among other areas. I don't think there is a comparable bookavailable. The international arms trade is an important subjectthat is widely misunderstood. This book will go a long way toremedying this defect in our knowledge."
William W. Keller, Professor of International Security andPolitical Science at the University of Pittsburgh

"For centuries, the international arms trade has provokedconflict, produced vast bloodshed, and fueled local rivalries.There is no better guide to this deadly commerce - and how tocontrol it - than Stohl and Grillot's The International ArmsTrade."
Michael Klare, author of Resource Wars and Blood andOil

"A must-read for policymakers around the world."
Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritan, Chair of the UN Open EndedWorking Group on the Arms Trade Treaty and the UN Group ofGovernmental Experts on the UN Arms Register

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745654188
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/29/2013
Series:
WCMW - War and Conflict in the Modern World
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
File size:
1 MB

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