Bigger than Blackwater: Arming the UAE

The International Defense Exhibition, otherwise known as IDEX, has been held bi-annually in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 1993. It is the largest defense expo in the Middle East and North Africa and one of the biggest in the world. But far from being a one-off, it highlights the UAE’s growing stature as a … Continue reading “Bigger than Blackwater: Arming the UAE”

Instead of Bombing Dictators, Stop Selling Them Bombs

When all you have are bombs, everything starts to look like a target. And so after years of providing Libya’s dictator with the weapons he’s been using against the people, all the international community – France, Britain and the United States – has to offer the people of Libya is more bombs, this time dropped … Continue reading “Instead of Bombing Dictators, Stop Selling Them Bombs”

US, European Weapons Makers Still Dominate Arms Bazaar 

The world’s key arms manufacturers are still firmly entrenched in the United States and Western Europe, while some of the newly-emerging military industries in China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Turkey and Kuwait are trailing mostly far behind. A new study released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) points out that only … Continue reading “US, European Weapons Makers Still Dominate Arms Bazaar “

US Arms ‘Bonanza’ in Middle East 

Two of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are on the brink of signing large arms deals with the US in a move designed to ratchet up the pressure on Iran, according to defense analysts.  America has agreed to sell Saudi Arabia 84 of the latest model of … Continue reading “US Arms ‘Bonanza’ in Middle East “