The Small Arms Trade

Pages: 177
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics, History
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld

The Small Arms Trade

A Beginner's Guide

Dan Smith, Matthew Schroeder, Rachel Stohl

This enlightening guide reveals the disturbing reality within the murky underworld of international arms trading.
9781851684762 (8 Dec 2006)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

Small Arms are responsible for over half a million deaths each year. Despite this terrifying statistic, millions of guns flow into the streets of the world each year. It is a multi-billion dollar industry, and one which is barely regulated.

From AK-47s to M16 rifles; from Terrorist-owned shoulder-fired missiles to child soldiers, this enlightening guide reveals the disturbing reality behind the murky underworld of international arms trading. Explaining how deals can often operate on the edge of legality, and listing the world's main players, it goes on to ask how the exchange of small arms can be tightened in the future. Full of insight and anticipating the danger of ever lighter and more powerful weapons, this is required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the world today and one of the key threats to development, prosperity and international peace.

Additional Information

Subject Current Affairs, Politics, History
Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 177
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Rachel Stohl is Senior Analyst at the Center for Defense Information at the World Security Institute in Washington, DC.

Matt Schroeder is the Manager of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

Colonel Dan Smith is the Senior Fellow on Military Affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. He retired from the US army in 1992, highly decorated.


"To gain a perspective on the lower end of weapons technology, The Small Arms Trade makes for elucidating reading."

- Defense Technology International

"As an introductory text, this book certainly makes an admirable effort, as it is engaging, accessible and almost exclusively empirical in its approach."

- Journal of Peace Research