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A Lecture on Global Arms Trade by Andrew Feinstein


On the 7th of May, SIB-Groningen will have the pleasure of organizing a lecture with mr. Andrew Feinstein, author of the book ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade’ and an expert on the topic of global arms trade. During his lecture, mr. Feinstein will introduce us to the topic of global arms trade and the many shady aspects that surround it. The trade in arms is a huge economic flow around the world. In 2010, the global military expenditure was $235 for every person on the planet.

One of the essential methods used in arms dealing is bribery, payoffs on a grand scale that enrich both the elites in the buying country and the arms makers in the selling country. Around 40% of all corruption in all world trade is linked to the trade in weapons. Further, many of these arm traders are very closely linked to national governments, sometimes even at the highest levels. The military-industrial complex is very powerful, especially in some of the worlds’ most prominent democracies like the US and the UK, undermining the way our democratic institutions function. Unfortunately, transparency and scrutiny is often lacking in these realms. Tonight, mr. Feinstein will shed light on this underexposed global trade in arms with his grasping storytelling, his in-depth knowledge and his own experiences.

Andrew Feinstein is a member of Corruption Watch UK and a former South-African parliamentarian on behalf of the ANC. In 2001 he resigned from the party when it refused to launch a corruption investigation into a major South African arms deal worth $6 billion, conducted in a time the country claimed to be too poor to purchase antiretroviral drugs for the six million people living with HIV and Aids. Later, it was uncovered that around $100 million was paid in bribes to ANC politicians to get the weapons deal through. Ever since, Andrew Feinstein has been on a mission to expose the lies, corruption and death-dealing at the heart of the modern arms trade.

Join us tonight for this interesting lecture on global arms trade! The lecture is in English, free for everyone and will take place at the Senate Chamber in the Academy Building. It commences at 20.00 and afterwards there will be enough room for any questions you might have.