Monday 27 February, 6pm - 7.30pm
‘Seven Myths that sustain the global arms trade’
Panel: Paul Holden and Andrew Feinstein (Corruption Watch UK), Nick Gilby (author and researcher), Alex de Waal (World Peace Foundation) and Leah Wawro (Transparency International) and Sam Perlo-Freeman (World Peace Foundation).
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor
About the event:
Although there is often opposition to individual wars, most people continue to believe that the arms industry is necessary in some form: to safeguard our security, provide jobs and stimulate the economy. Not only conservatives, but many progressives and liberals, support it for these reasons.
JSRP will host a panel discussion, to launch the new book: ‘Indefensible: 7 myths that sustain the global arms trade‘ (Paul Holden et al, Zed Books). Indefensible puts forward a devastating challenge to this conventional wisdom on the global arms trade, which has normalised the existence of the most savage weapons of mass destruction ever known. It is the essential handbook for those who want to debunk the arguments of the industry and its supporters: deploying case studies, statistics and irrefutable evidence to demonstrate they are fundamentally flawed, both factually and logically.
Far from protecting us, the book shows how the arms trade undermines our security by fanning the flames of war, terrorism and global instability. In countering these myths, the book points to ways in which we can combat the arms trade’s malignant influence, reclaim our democracies and reshape our economies.