The future of deterrence and the arms trade

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The evolution of the international arms trade and the changes to indigenous arms production has had a significant effect on the nature of deterrence. Most countries rely heavily upon the international arms trade for build and sustain their defence forces. The result is that what countries now to go to war with will generally be what they will have to fight the with. This is different from only a few years ago when many countries planned on rediverting their domestic production towards arms production should war breakout. The consequences of this change for deterrence theory is both profound and understudied. This chapter represents one of the first efforts at unpacking these implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch handbook on the arms trade
EditorsAndrew T. H. Tan
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK ; Northampton, USA
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781789900996
ISBN (Print)9781789900989
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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