Merchants of Death: International Arms Trade 2021

Various arms limitation agreements in the 20th c failed to halt the lucrative international arms trade. Each year there are massive arms trade exhibitions across the world where ex politicians, including Tony Blair, have acted as lobbyists for both governments and commercial arms dealing companies. Cruise missiles, state of the art drone technology, surveillance aircraft are traded regularly around the world. Australia sells arms to the discredited autocratic monarchy of Saudi Arabia, one of the largest arms importing nations in the world.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Andrew Tan, The Global Arms Trade, Taylor and Francis, 2015
  • Noam Chomsky, Internationalism or Extinction, Routledge, 2019
  • Rachel Stohl, The International Arms Trade, Wiley and sons, 2009

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Major arms manufacturing companies operating in 2021 including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Vickers, General Dynamics and Fokker
  • Which countries are the largest producers/sellers/buyers in the international arms trade?
  • How is Australia involved in the international arms trade?
  • Who are the war profiteers? Who are the merchants of death”?

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the vast extent of the international arms trade.
  2. Assess the moral and ethical considerations involved in the trade of the “merchants of death”.
  3. Consider the implications of the involvement of western liberal democracies in the arms trade.
$22 Limited

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03 May

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