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The Arms Trade

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The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.

"These are excellent resources for research or debate that will rouse students interested in contemporary and controversial topics."-Booklist

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Overview

The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.

"These are excellent resources for research or debate that will rouse students interested in contemporary and controversial topics."-Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737743173
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction 16

Chapter 1 What Is the Current Status of the Arms Trade?

The Global Arms Trade: An Overview Richard F. Grimmett 20

Information on the Small Arms Trade Is Incomplete Jeff Abramson 29

Russia's Arms Trade Policies Are at Odds with U.S. Policies Lionel Beehner 33

China's Arms Trade in the Middle East Is Increasing Stephen Pollard 39

Israel Is a Significant Player in the Global Arms Trade Odile Hugonot Haber 43

The Arms Trade Lacks Consistent National Controls Debbie Hillier Brian Wood 48

Arms Are Traded Routinely in Spite of Embargoes Oliver Sprague 59

The European Union Struggles to Establish Effective Arms Trade Controls Helen Hughes 65

Chapter 2 Does the Arms Trade Increase Security?

Chapter Preface 74

Yes: The Arms Trade Does Increase Security

The Arms Trade in the Middle East Will Lead to Greater Stability Anthony H. Cordesman 76

U.S. Arms Trade with Taiwan Is Important for Its Defense John J. Tkacik Jr. 80

Military Support to Afghanistan and Arms Transfers to Pakistan Help the War on Terror George W. Bush 84

No: The Arms Trade Does Not Increase Security Current U.S. Arms Trade to Combat Terrorism Threatens Security Rachel Stohl 94

The Arms Trade to the Middle East Leads to Greater Instability William D. Hartung 106

Arms Trade with Taiwan Could Cause a World War Craig Crawford 110

Arms Trade with Pakistan and India Does Not Improve U.S. Relations Zia Mian 114

Chapter 3 Does the Arms Trade Need More Global Regulation?

Chapter Preface 122

Yes: The Arms Trade Needs More Global Regulation 122

Global Controls Are Needed for the Arms Trade Edmund Cairns 124

An International Arms Trade Treaty IsFeasible and Necessary Arms Trade Treaty Steering Committee 135

The United States Should Support an Arms Trade Treaty William D. Hartung 144

No: The Arms Trade Does Not Need More Global Regulation

There Are Alternatives to International Arms Control Treaties Baker Spring 149

An Arms Trade Treaty Could Encourage Human Rights Violations David B. Kopel Paul Gallant Joanne D. Eisen 155

An International Agreement on Small Arms Would Violate the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment Joseph Klein 163

An End to the Arms Trade, Not More Regulation, Is Needed Frida Berrigan 168

Chapter 4 What Are Some of the Concerns About the Arms Trade?

Chapter Preface 173

The Arms Trade in the Middle East Could Lead to a Dangerous Arms Race Peter Brookes 175

Arms Can End Up in the Hands of Extremists Christopher Dickey 183

Arms Frequently Go to Countries with Poor Human Rights Records Lerna K. Yanik 188

Small Arms Cause More Damage Worldwide than Weapons of Mass Destruction Raenette Taljaard 192

Investing in the Arms Trade Involves and Ethical Dilemma Alicia Wyllie 197

The Arms Trade May Involve Corporate Welfare Charles M. Sennott 201

Becoming an Arms Dealer Is Too Easy Mark Thomas 206

Organizations to Contact 210

Bibliography 214

Index 220

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