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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"Stohl and Grillot have produced a useful basic compilation of
latest trends in the international arms trade from both supply and
demand standpoints. They introduce the general and undergraduate
reader to legal issues and underlying reasons for arms exports,
ranging from the economic to technological and strategic, and they
catalog both the continuities and changes among the world's
"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
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
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
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
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.
Suzette Grillot is Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.