In This Review

Third World Militarization: A Challenge To Third World Diplomacy
Third World Militarization: A Challenge To Third World Diplomacy
Edited by Jagat S. Mehta
University of Texas Press, 1985, 279 pp
Armement-Developpement-Droits de l'Homme-Disarmement
Armement-Developpement-Droits de l'Homme-Disarmement
Edited by Georges Fischer
Faculte de Droit/Brussels: Establissments Bruylant, 1985, 606 pp

The impact upon Third World countries of their often excessive spending on arms purchases was the subject of two unrelated conferences held in Austin, Texas, and in Paris in recent years. The papers and discussions of the first have been drawn together by its imaginative organizer, Jagat S. Mehta, former foreign secretary of India. His statement that the principal fault lies with the demanding arms recipients rather than with the weapons suppliers comes as a whiff of fresh air in an often stale and stereotyped debate. Professor Fischer's book deals not only with the relationship of armament to development but also to human rights. Both books have nuggets which scholars and policymakers could usefully mine.