Tag Archives: Arms trade

How the arms trade is used to secure access to oil

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shutterstock.com Vincenzo Bove, University of Warwick UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia increased by 175% in the first nine months of 2017 according to an investigation by the Campaign Against Arms Trade. Similarly, France and the US are major exporters of arms to the oil-rich Gulf state – in 2017 alone, they were worth around US$2.6 billion. Selling weapons is …

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Libya: why enforcing an arms embargo is so hard

Militants prepare their ammunition in April 2019 before joining frontline to defend Tripoli against Khalifa Haftar’s forces. EPA-EFE

Inga Kristina Trauthig, King’s College London A group of countries involved in the ongoing civil war in Libya agreed at a meeting in Berlin on January 19 to uphold a UN arms embargo and stop international meddling in the country’s conflict. Germany wants to find a way to end the ongoing conflict in Libya to prevent the North African country …

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