The International Arms Trade and France
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The International Arms Trade is an important part of the field of international relations in general and is, therefore, worthy of study in both an historical and a current context. It is well known that that the "merchants of death" were in many ways responsible for the slaughter of World War I. It is also well known that since 1945, underdeveloped countries with the largest armies have done the most fighting. The arms trade comes into play here because these underdeveloped countries do not possess the technological equipment or knowledge to produce their own weapons. Many developed nations are more than willing to supply arms to these nations. Thus, arms-selling nations must bear primary responsibility for the instability of the world. Th1s paper does not attempt to propose a solution to the problem of instabil1ty caused by the arms trade. Many experienced and learned men have attempted to find a solution and failed. This paper descr1bes how the arms trade works, why nations become involved in the arms trade and one nation's current involvement in the arms trade. This nation, France, is noted for its ruthlessness and success in the international arms trade.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.