Examining the impact of arms transfers on human development

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  • With the demise of Cold War antagonisms, a primary source of external threat in the international arena has abated. Though regional and ethnic conflicts have emerged, the major structural and ideological changes brought about by the collapse of the superpower rivalry have generally resulted in a diminished likelihood of interstate aggression. Perception of this altered security environment has subsequently led to renewed concern, by both politicians and scholars alike, over the role of arms acquisitions in the promotion of human development. That is, in light of the reduced threat of states engaging in violent conflict with one another, there is professed interest throughout the international community in enhancing the well-being of the general population. There is a conviction that the 'peace agenda and the development agenda must finally be integrated.' Consequently, the role of militaries in fulfilling such objectives is increasingly being questioned. It is upon this concern that the present study focuses.
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  • Blanton SL
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  • 75
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  • 93
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  • 16
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  • 2