Is the arms trade totally uncontrolled? What are the main obstacles to limitations on arms transfers? What can be learned from past attempts at arms transfer control? This book, which completes SIPRI's trilogy on the facts and implications of Third World build-up of major conventional weapons, assesses past efforts, current proposals and future possibilities to limit the transfer of weapons and military technology to Third World countries. It is a companion to the two SIPRI volumes, Arms Production in the Third World (1986) and Arms Transfers to the Third World 1971-85 (OUP, 1987)
Preface. About the authors. Introduction. Part 1 Controversies: Third World arms control and world system conflicts; Third World arms control in a hegemonistic world; Third World arms control - a Third World responsibility; Third World arms control, military technology and alternative security. Part 2 Supplier control: US policy on arms transfers to the Third World; Soviet arms transfer restraint; the conventional arms transfers talks - an experiment in mutual arms trade restraint; problems and prospects of arms transfer limitations among second-tier suppliers - the cases of France, the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany; arms transfer limitations - the case of Sweden. Part 3 Recipient control: regional arms control in the South American context; problems and prospects for arms control in South-East Asia; Third World arms control - role of the non-aligned movement. Part 4 Integrating approaches: arms transfer control and proposals to link disarmament to development; the nuclear non-proliferation regime as a model for conventional armament restraint. Assessment. Select bibliography. Index.