Authors Xiaodon Liang and Sam Perlo-Freeman examine the problem of corruption in the military sector in Indonesia in the post-Suharto era, in particular in relation to arms procurement, and discuss the significance of recent tentative signs of greater efforts by the Indonesian civil and military authorities to address the problem. It illustrates crucial points about democratization and corruption in the arms trade.
A new Occasional Paper by Sam Perlo-Freeman, attempts to produce a global estimate, or rather a range of estimates of the financial size of the international arms trade. The paper also explains problems with the data, including for some of the largest western arms exporters, from whom one might expect a greater level of transparency: most notably, the USA.
In a new occasional paper, Alex de Waal argues that Africa, as a weak continent, has much to gain from multilateralism, and especially from its stronger more normative versions.
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- Corruption in the Indonesian arms businessWPF has published “Corruption in the Indonesian arms business: tentative steps towards and end to impunity (December 2017)” authored by Xiaodon Liang and Sam Perlo-Freeman. This paper emerged out of research from our program on Corruption and the Global Arms Trade. From the Introduction: The arms trade is one of the most corrupt legal […]Xiaodon L. Liang
- Sweden’s proposed “Democracy Criterion” for arms exports – Taking the lead in export controls, or new words for old policies?This post originally appeared on the Forum on the Arms Trade’s Looking Ahead blog. This month, the Swedish Parliament is expected to vote on a government proposal to strengthen Swedish arms export controls, among other things by adding a “democracy criterion,” that will require a recipient state’s democratic status to be taken into […]Samuel Perlo-Freeman
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Mass Starvation (Polity Books, 2017) is available in the UK January 2017 and the US in early 2018. In Mass Starvation, WPF Executive Director, Alex de Waal, provides an authoritative history of modern famines: their causes, dimensions and why they ended.