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Master or servant? : an examination of civil-military relations and arms acquisitions in the Third World

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Master or servant? : an examination of civil-military relations and arms acquisitions in the Third World

Hoh, Edmund (2005) Master or servant? : an examination of civil-military relations and arms acquisitions in the Third World. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The proliferation of conventional weapons to the Third World has increased exponentially since the end of the Cold War. The rapidity in which some developing countries have acquired state-of-the-art weapons in a period of relative peace has led scholars to dismiss it as an arms race, although some arms racing dynamics are present. Nevertheless, much of the literature on Third World arms acquisition phenomenon has attributed the underlying causes of such build-ups to various international, regional and domestic factors. This thesis looks at domestic causes of Third World arms procurement from a different path. Instead of centering attention on domestic factors such as the military-industrial complex, or simply alluding to a regional arms race by counting states' arsenals, the focus in this thesis will examine three key important areas that shape arms acquisitions; civil-military relations, defence requirements, interservice rivalry in military organizations. The awareness of these key characteristics of Third World arms acquisitions will allow policymakers to discern if their country's sales of advanced conventional weaponry to various Third World client states will indirectly contribute to regional instability or will have no detrimental effects at all.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hoh, Edmund
Pagination:v, 136 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Political Science
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):Schofield, Julian
ID Code:8278
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:20
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:20
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