Recent Patterns of Arms Trade and Regional Conflict

  • Saadet Deger
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During the last four decades almost all regional conflicts which have erupted into wars have been waged among the poorer countries of the world. These so called “Third World wars” have increasingly been fought with sophisticated weapons which are either imported or produced domestically. However, even in the latter case, the technology is invariably imported. Arms imports have acted as a catalyst to destruction as incipient conflicts have erupted into explicit hostilities. The principal purpose of this paper is to analyse the trends in arms sales to the Third World and relate them to the course of conflicts.


Recent Pattern Regional Conflict Commercial Motive Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Major Weapon 
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