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Dangerous TradeArms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation$
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Jennifer Erickson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170963

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170963.001.0001

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Explaining Commitment

Explaining Commitment

International Reputation and “Responsible” Arms Transfer Policy

(p.73) 4. Explaining Commitment
Dangerous Trade

Jennifer L. Erickson

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the commitment to “responsible” arms export initiatives of the world's top five arms-exporting states: Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Conventional arms are indeed the cornerstone of military strategy and an industrial base important to political, security, and economic interests. France, despite the persistent decrease in unemployment, opted to join in the drafting of arms export control mainly owing to the government's commitment to UN processes. Given the economic importance of arms production, the United Kingdom agreed to support arms export initiatives in order to level the global playing field and to glamorize the defense industry's reputation. Unlike the two aforementioned states, Germany and Belgium have been neither an obstacle nor a catalyst for multilateral arms export initiatives. In stark contrast, whether or not the United States support these arms export initiatives, the super state comes unabated.

Keywords:   arms export initiatives, Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, conventional arms

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