EVENT: Corruption, Jobs, and the Arms Trade:
Indefensible Book Launch and Panel Discussion
DATE: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
TIME: 9:30-11:00AM (light breakfast prior to event)
LOCATION: The Open Society Foundations,
1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 7th Floor,
Washington DC, 20006
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Buoyed by promises of a massive U.S. military buildup, arms industry stocks have skyrocketed since the 2016 presidential election. The proposed increases in defense spending have been sold to the American public as a win-win policy: more military spending not only benefits national security, but will help drive economic growth and job creation.
Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Trade, a book and web project of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts, critically examines the U.S. and global arms industry--in particular the public corruption it so often engenders at home and abroad. Bringing together a experts and activists, Indefensible deploys statistics, case studies, and evidence to pierce common beliefs about the arms trade. Far from protecting the United States or driving job creation, this collective finds that poorly overseen and bloated military spending actually undermines security and stifles economic growth.
An expert panel discusses the risks and tradeoffs of President Trump’s proposed military buildup and budget rebalancing away from international assistance and foreign aid, not just for American democracy but also for the U.S. economy and national security.
A light breakfast will be available at 9:00AM. This event is co-hosted by the World Peace Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the Forum on the Arms Trade.
- Bridget Conley*, Research Director, World Peace Foundation and Assistant Research Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
- William Hartung*, Director, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy
- Sarah Chayes, Senior Fellow, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Mark Thompson, National Security Analyst, Project on Government Oversight
*Member of the Indefensible collective.
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