Arms Transfers and American Foreign Policy

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Arms Transfers and American Foreign Policy

Edited by Andrew J. Pierre
New York University Press, 1979
331 pp. $22.50

Reviewing the debate which led to the Carter Administration's policies on the transfer of conventional arms, various chapters include: a careful examination of political, military and economic costs and benefits of arms transfers; arguments about the feasibility of controlling the supply of arms into the Persian Gulf and Latin America; the evolution of policies governing conventional arms transfers in the U.S. Executive and Congress; an interesting inquiry into the economic importance of arms sales which finds them less substantial than is often assumed; and finally, an examination of possible multilateral restraints on arms transfers which would involve France, the U.K. and the U.S.S.R. as well as the U.S. This useful collection highlights the policy dilemmas which have plagued the Carter Administration's attempts to impose global standards and constraints upon conventional arms transfers.

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