TITLE

ARMS SALES: THE NEW DIPLOMACY

AUTHOR(S)
Pierre, Andrew J.
PUB. DATE
December 1981
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Winter81/82, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p266
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article addresses several issues pertaining to the arms sales policy of the U.S. The heated debate over the sale of Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) planes and F-15 fighter components to Saudi Arabia was only one of a number of controversies involving U.S. arms sales. The next weapons transfer which will meet congressional resistance is that of F-16 fighters to Pakistan, a sale which some believe will give a renewed impetus to the arms race on the subcontinent and undermine nonproliferation efforts. Serious questions are also being raised about the wisdom of the planned sale of F-16s to Venezuela, thereby crossing a technological threshold which in the past has restrained the transfer of the most advanced fighter aircraft to Latin America. Proposed new arms supply relationships with Argentina, Chile and Guatemala will draw the ire of those who are concerned about the dropping of past restrictions based upon these countries' human rights records. The administration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan is faced with a tough decision regarding the sale of the FX fighter to Taiwan. Beijing has put Washington on notice that it considers the proposed sale as a litmus test of future Sino-American relations. But the same type of symbolism is attached to the sale by Taipei, which would view the failure to sell as a sign of abandonment.
ACCESSION #
4854423

 

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