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Arms Trade: U.S. Outsells All Others Combined: 1999 Scorecard: U.S. $11.4 Billion, Rest of World $11.3 Billion

December 4, 2000 | Policy Brief

By James Morrell, David Lockhead

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At a time of unprecedented involvement of first-world nations in the affairs of developing countries, it is imperative for people everywhere to take a critical look at the nature of that involvement. Certainly, much good comes of some of these interventions: UN peacekeeping missions work to prevent old conflicts from flaring up around the world, the Organization of American States and other international bodies oversee elections, thereby aiding budding democracies to start off on the right foot, and loans from the IMF, World Bank, and other international financial institutions contribute to human development in places where public structure and private investment are lacking.

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