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Arms Trade

(see also Militarization of Foreign Policy, Arms Control, Militarization of Space, Corporate Power, Gun Proliferation, Disarmament & Anti-War Movement)

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On the Web: Articles

Report: Military Spending Tops $1 Trillion Last Year. Mattias Karen, AP (6/7/05). World-wide. US accounts for about half of total, spends far more per capita ($1,453) than any other country, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Small Arms Trade. Lora Lumpe, Foreign Policy in Focus (5/98).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Arms Control Association (ACA).

Arms Sales Monitoring Project (of Federation of American Scientists; publishes Arms Sales Monitor).

Arms Trade Resource Center.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT).

Center for Defense Information.

Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Coalition Opposing the Arms Trade (COAT).

Peace Action.

Peace Pledge Union.

Project Ploughshares (Publishes Ploughshares Monitor).

Safer World.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sweden). Monitors arms transfers & military expenditures.

World Policy Institute.

In the Library: Articles

Capellaro, C. & A.-M. Cusac. "Meet the people who make land mines," Progressive (11/97).

Fishman, Ted C. "Making a killing: the myth of capital's good intentions," Harper's (8/02):33-41.

Fitgerald, France. “Annals of justice: Iran-Contra,” New Yorker (8/16/89):52-84.

Honey, Martha. "Guns 'R' us," In These Times (8/11/97). On Clinton administration's efforts to assist US weapons manufacturers in cornering world market.

Gouveia Neto, Raul de. "How Brazil competes in the global defense industry," Latin American Research Review 26,3 (1991):83-108.

Honey, Martha. "Guns ‘R’ us," In These Times (8/11/97).

Kaldor, Mary. "The world economy & militarization," Alternatives 12 (5/87).

Klare, Michael. "Fueling the fire: how we armed the Middle East," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (1-2/91).

Lumpe, Lora. "Costly giveaways: the U.S. government continues to arm the world, asking few questions & often charging nothing," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 52,5 (9-10/96).

__________. "The new U.S. policy on arms exports to Latin America. A market opportunity for U.S. firms risks democratic gains," LASA Forum 28,4 (win 98):5-7.

Mesler, Bill. "NATO’s new arms bazaar," Nation (7/21/97):24-

New Internationalist, special issue on the arms trade (11/94), articles by Vanessa Baird on Somalia, David Hellier on Iraq, Susan Griffin, Darius Bazargan & Jamal Mahjoub.

Pilger, John. "The terrorists," in his Hidden Agendas (NY, 1998), pp. 19-43.

Silverstein, Ken. "The arms dealer next door," In These Times (1/21/02):18-21.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Arlinghaus, Bruce E. (ed.) Arms for Africa: Military Assistance & Foreign Policy in the Developing World (Lexington MA: Lexington, 1983).

Barnett, A. Doak. US Arms Sales: The China-Taiwan Tangle (Washington: Brookings, 1982).

Ben-Menashe, Ari. Profits of War: Inside the Secret US-Israeli Arms Network (NY: Sheridan Square, 1992).

Boutwell, Jeffrey & Michael T. Klare. Light Weapons & Civil Conflict: Controlling the Tools of Violence (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999).

Burrows, Gideon. Kalashnikov AK47 (?: New Internationalist, 2007).

Curtis, Glenn E. & Tara Karacan. The Nexus among Terrorists, Narcotics Traffickers, Weapons Proliferators & Organized Crime Networks in Western Europe (Washington: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 2002).

Grimmett, Richard F. Trends in Conventional Arms Transfers to the Third World by Major Supplier, 1981-1988 (Washington: Congressional Research Service, 1989).

Hartung, William D. And Weapons for All (NY: Harper Collins, 1994). The institutionalization of US arms trade since the Nixon doctrine, & its implications for US society & the world.

__________. Corporate Welfare for Weapons Makers: The Hidden Costs of Spending on Defense & Foreign Aid (Washington: Cato Institute, 1999).

Lefebvre, Jeffery A. Arms for the Horn: US Security Policy in Ethiopia & Somalia, 1953-1991(Pittsburgh: U. Pittsburgh, 1991).

Lumpe, Lora (ed.) Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms (London: Zed, 2000).

Ohlson, Thomas (ed.) Arms Transfer Limitations & Third World Security (NY: Oxford, 1988).

Pierre, Andrew J. The Global Politics of Arms Sales (Princeton: Princeton U, 1982).

Silverstein, Ken. Private Warriors (NY: Verso, 2000). Big weapons producers & their influence on US government.

Simon, Arthur. Harvesting Peace. The Arms Race & Human Need (Kansas City, 1990).

Sivard, Ruth Leger. World Military & Social Expenditures (Washington: World Priorities, 1991).

Tirman, John. Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America’s Arms Trade (Glencoe IL, 1998).

Turbiville, Graham Hall. Weapons Proliferation & Organized Crime: The Russian Military & Security Force Dimension (Colorado Springs CO: USAF Institute for National Security Studies, 1996).

van der Veer, Peter. Changing Patterns in the International Arms Trade (Indianapolis: American Universities Field Staff, 1989).

Weihe, Karsten; Michael Brzoska, Peter Lock & Herbert Wulf. Advertising & Public Relations in the Arms Industries: Their Role in the Mass Media (Geneva?: UNESCO, 1986).

Winslow, Philip C. Sowing the Dragon’s Teeth. Land Mines & the Global Legacy of War (Boston, 1997).

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Film & Video

"Arms for the Poor" [1998], dir. ?, 25m. From Old Dog Documentaries. Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias, former Rep. Cynthia McKinney & the Dalai Lama argue against US arms exports to developing countries.

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