Arms Trade FAQs - Video series
These short videos recorded by Forum on the Arms Trade-listed* experts address frequently asked questions and common arguments made about the arms trade. If there is a topic you would like covered, please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"If we don't sell them weapons, somebody else will..."
William Hartung, Director, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy says, in part, "...if you’re helping a regime like Saudi Arabia, which is using U.S. arms to slaughter people in Yemen, it’s immoral. The fact that somebody else might do it is not a reason for us to do it."
Read full transcript, recorded January 30, 2019.
Rachel Stohl, Managing Director, Stimson says, in part, "...forget the economic argument, the moral argument [is] sometimes it's ok to say, 'You know what, this is such a bad situation that it is just not worth us getting involved in that.'
Read full transcript, recorded April 5, 2018 at event "Jobs, Security, and Human Rights: Striking a Balance in U.S. Arms Export Policy" (see full video).
Andrew Feinsten, Executive Director, Corruption Watch (UK) says, in part, "...the international regime that does exist through the international Arms Trade Treaty, regional pacts, and even national laws are simply not being enforced properly. So what is required is the proper enforcement of rigorous and effective arms control laws."
Read full transcript, recorded January 29, 2019.
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