The proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons is one of the most pressing security threats of the 21st century. From Sudanese refugees hunted by gun-toting militias to air passengers targeted by shoulder-fired missiles, no one is safe from this deadly scourge. Providing a gripping overview of these cheap and easily obtainable weapons, the threat they pose in the wrong hands, and strategies for reining them in, this guide is required listening for anyone wishing to fully understand one of today’s key threats to international peace.
©2006 Matthew Schroeder, Dan Smith, Rachel Stohl (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
“A Beginner's Guide is much too modest a title. This uniquely valuable book combines historical depth, contemporary insights, scholarly analysis, and prudent advocacy to make it far more than a primer for the untutored.” (Joe Smaldone, Former Chief, Weapons and Technology Control Division, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, U.S. State Department; and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University)
“Schroeder, Smith and Stohl have produced what will surely become an indispensable reference for any reader interested in the nature and consequences of the trade in small arms and the policies needed to effectively deal with the lethal consequences of such trade.” (Moisés Naim, editor of Foreign Policy magazine and author of Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy)
"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)
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