Arms Proliferation in the Asia-Pacific: Causes and Prospects for Control

IR Working Paper 1992/10

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Andrew Mack

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IR Working Paper 1992/10

Andrew Mack, ‘Arms Proliferation in the Asia-Pacific: Causes and Prospects for Control’, IR Working Paper 1992/10, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, December 1992.

While defence budgets are declining in Europe, the US, the former USSR, ASEAN and Latin America, arms expenditure in the Asia-Pacific are is rising rapidly. Increased defence budgets are permitting a large increase in arms imports to the region. This paper looks at the causes of this increase in arms transfers and its strategic implications. It also looks at the prospects for an arms control regime to control the flow of weapons to the region. It argues that so-called ‘supply-side’ approaches are unlikely to be effective in a buyer’s market and that more attention needs to be paid to ‘demand-side’ approaches which focus on the security concerns which give rise to the demand for weapons in the first place.

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