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By Andrew J. Pierre

This paintings seems to be on the impct of guns purchases at the important recipient areas and the probabilities for local hands regulate and dissects the economics of palms export for the manufacturer international locations in either the constructing and industrialized worlds. The publication completely discusses the possibilities for, and stumbling blocks to, attaining multilateral fingers restraint within the Nineteen Nineties.

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Arms exports has increased since the end of the Cold War. The value of foreign Page 19 military sales deliveries has risen from just over $7 billion in 1989 to $12 billion in 1995. The value of foreign military sales agreements, on the other hand, grew sharply in the period 1990 through 1993 but has since declined. 1 billion. 5 half billion (36 percent) to Saudi Arabia alone. 6 The extent to which a high market level is resumed will depend largely on the outcome of the debate in the United States about future procurement for domestic armed forces.

While the war focused international attention on the dangers of unrestrained arms sales, it also prompted many states in the Middle East to seek the new advanced weapons systems that were estimated to have performed so successfully in the conflict. Said Aly also discusses the structural factors that have fueled the Arab-Israeli arms race for so long. He notes that the Arab quantitative advantage in military forces and the Israeli qualitative edge in weapons technology have resulted in an unstable, Page 10 anxiety-ridden military balance, with each side fixating on its deficiencies.

Moreover, they are also willing to sweeten deals by engaging, if necessary, in technology transfer agreements, offset arrangements, barters and bribes. Sixth, the acquisition of excessive levels of conventional arms can destabilize a region. Witness the Persian Gulf: it is unlikely Iraq would have attacked Kuwait without the confidence providedeven if falsely placedby its weapons stockpile. 4 This massive accumulation, totally out of scale with Iraq's true security needs, encouraged Saddam Hussein in his aggression.

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