Call for Papers: What do we know about Arms Trade with Conflict Regions? The Effects of Weapons in the Middle East

Call for Papers: What do we know about Arms Trade with Conflict Regions? The Effects of Weapons in the Middle East

International arms trade continues to lack transparency. Once these weapons are in use, by contrast, the civilian suffering is very visible. We believe it is important to shed light on both sides of this “deal”: What do we know about production and trade of military goods? Which goods are exported to whom? How can we ensure that arms transfers contribute to the internal and external stability of importers and at the same time support human rights and democratization processes?Arms trade usually takes place under strict confidentiality. Once these weapons are in use, by contrast, the civilian suffering is very visible. We believe it is important to shed light on both sides of this “deal”: What do we know about production and trade of military goods? Which goods are exported to whom?

In a special series, IFAIR will collect papers on this issue. Are you currently a B.A., M.A. or graduate student or received your degree within the last 12 months? We would like you to share your ideas!

In a special series, IFAIR will collect papers on this issue. Are you currently a B.A., M.A. or graduate student or received your degree within the last 12 months? We would like you to share your ideas!

Our debate shall reflect on the ongoing discussion in general. We additionally welcome papers with a special focus on (German) trade in military goods with the Arab region. What do we actually know about the consequences of this mix of commercial, (geo-)politically strategic and policing endeavor? What implications does weapons trade have for conflict dynamics in the region? And what consequences does the limited knowledge we have in this sensitive field have for decision-making processes?

Your essay should be approximately 1.500 words in length. Please send your essay by January 6th together with your short CV to lukas.rudolph@ifair.eu.

  • Papers will be reviewed by IFAIR and published on IFAIR.eu if the review process is successful.
  • The winner of our Call will be invited to Munich to participate in a panel discussion on January 29, 2015, at 18.00.

Panelists include Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the Arms Transfers and Arms Production Programme of SIPRI, Jan Grebe, Researcher and Project Leader in the field of arms exports control, BICC, Bonn, and Prof. Dr. Paul W. Thurner, Chair of Empirical Political Research and Policy Analysis, University of Munich. This discussion at University of Munich on 29.01.2014 at 18.00 is jointly organized by LMU Munich, Chair of Empirical Political Research and Policy Analysis and IFAIR. Travel (within Germany) to Munich and accommodation for the winner is kindly sponsored by the Chair of Empirical Political Research and Policy Analysis.

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The Call for Papers is closed. Thank you all for your submission, we had a tough decision to make. We are all the more happy to present the winning contribution by Lukas Hafner on “Determinants of arms export decision-making: Enhancing compliance through the informational endowment of domestic interest groups” here.

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Source: Arms Exports 1950-2006, based on SIRPI Data, Source:  Jeffrey Warren, www.armsflow.org

Our debate shall reflect on the ongoing discussion with a special focus on (German) trade in military goods with the Arab region. What do we actually know about the consequences of this mix of commercial, (geo-)politically strategic and policing endeavor? What implications does weapons trade have for conflict dynamics in the region? And what consequences does the limited knowledge we have in this sensitive field have for decision-making processes?

Your essay should be approximately 1.500 words in length. Please send your essay by January 6th together with your short CV to lukas.rudolph@ifair.eu.

  • Papers will be reviewed by IFAIR and published on IFAIR.eu if the review process is successful.
  • The winner of our Call will be invited to Munich to participate in a panel discussion on January 29, 2015, at 18.00.

Panelists include Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the Arms Transfers and Arms Production Programme of SIPRI, Jan Grebe, Researcher and Project Leader in the field of arms exports control, BICC, Bonn, and Prof. Dr. Paul W. Thurner, Chair of Empirical Political Research and Policy Analysis, University of Munich. This discussion at University of Munich on 29.01.2014 at 18.00 is jointly organized by LMU Munich, Chair of Empirical Political Research and Policy Analysis and IFAIR. Travel (within Germany) to Munich and accommodation for the winner is kindly sponsored by the Chair of Empirical Political Research and Policy Analysis.

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The Call for Papers is closed. Thank you all for your submission, we had a tough decision to make. We are all the more happy to present the winning contribution by Lukas Hafner on “Determinants of arms export decision-making: Enhancing compliance through the informational endowment of domestic interest groups” here.

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Source: Arms Exports 1950-2006, based on SIRPI Data, Source:  Jeffrey Warren, www.armsflow.org

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