U.S arms sales to Third World countries rapidly escalated from 250 million per year in the 1950s and 1960s to 10 billion and above in the 1970s and 1980s But were these military sales, so critical in their impact on Third World nations and on America s perception of its global role, achieving the ends and benefits attributed to them by U.S policymakers In American Arms Supermarket, Michael T Klare responds to this troubling, still timely question with a resounding no, showing how a steady growth in arms sales places global security and stability in jeopardy.Tracing U.S policies, practices, and experiences in military sales to the Third World from the 1950s to the 1980s, Klare explains how the formation of U.S foreign policy did not keep pace with its escalating arms sales how, instead, U.S arms exports proved to be an unreliable instrument of policy, often producing results that diminished rather than enhanced fundamental American interests Klare carefully considers the whole spectrum of contemporary American arms policy, focusing on the political economy of military sales, the evolution of U.S arms export policy from John F Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, and the institutional framework for arms export decision making Actual case studies of U.S arms sales to Latin America, Iran, and the Middle East provide useful data in assessing the effectiveness of arms transfer programs in meeting U.S foreign policy objectives.The author also rigorously examines trouble spots in arms policy the transfer of arms making technology to Third World arms producers, the relationship between arms transfers and human rights, and the enforcement of arms embargoes on South Africa, Chile, and other pariah regimes Klare also compares the U.S record on arms transfers to the experiences of other major arms suppliers the Soviet Union and the big four European nations France, Britain, the former West Germany, and Italy Concluding with a reasoned, carefully drawn proposal for an alternative arms export policy, Klare vividly demonstrates the need for cautious, restrained, and sensitive policy. New Read [ American Arms Supermarket ] By [ Michael T. Klare ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk
Michael T Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil The Dangers and Consequences of America s Growing Petroleum Dependency Metropolitan Klare also teaches at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Klare also serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights Watch, and the Arms Control Association He is a regular contributor to many publications including The Nation, TomDispatch, Mother Jones, and is a frequent columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus.
- 326 pages
- American Arms Supermarket
- Michael T. Klare
- 22 August 2018 Michael T. Klare