In light of recent international attention on the arms trade and its control, this study assesses past efforts, current proposals, and future opportunities to limit the transfer of weapons and military technology to Third World countries. The contributors, representing both supplier and recipient nations, consider all the sides of the issue, arguing that attempts at multilateral arms transfer limitations are more likely to succeed when initiated by recipients, and that there is an urgent need for confidence-building measures that will modify attitudes toward security, as well as other issues.
'a collection of scholarly chapters written by contributors from both the developed and the less developed world ... As usual with SIPRI books, the collection of factual material is excellent.
Anthony Clayton, Army Quarterly and Defence Journal
Preface. About the authors. Introduction. Part 1 Controversies: Third World arms control and world system conflicts; Third World arms control in a hegemonistic world; Third World arms control - a Third World responsibility; Third World arms control, military technology and alternative security. Part 2 Supplier control: US policy on arms transfers to the Third World; Soviet arms transfer restraint; the conventional arms transfers talks - an experiment in mutual arms trade restraint; problems and prospects of arms transfer limitations among second-tier suppliers - the cases of France, the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany; arms transfer limitations - the case of Sweden. Part 3 Recipient control: regional arms control in the South American context; problems and prospects for arms control in South-East Asia; Third World arms control - role of the non-aligned movement. Part 4 Integrating approaches: arms transfer control and proposals to link disarmament to development; the nuclear non-proliferation regime as a model for conventional armament restraint. Assessment. Select bibliography. Index.