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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces$
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Hugo Meijer and Marco Wyss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790501.001.0001

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Arms Transfers and Export-Control Policies

Arms Transfers and Export-Control Policies

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(p.710) 41 Arms Transfers and Export-Control Policies
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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces
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Mark Bromley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790501.003.0042

This chapter examines the attempt to coordinate and harmonize the dual-use and arms export control policies of EU member states, focusing in particular on the use of EU arms embargoes and the implementation of the EU Dual-Use Regulation and the EU Common Position on Arms Export. The chapter examines the original motivations that drove and sustained this effort and gives an assessment of its impact on member states’ national policies. In doing so, the chapter pays particular attention to the dual-use and arms export control policies of Europe’s major powers (France, Germany, the United Kingdom), highlighting areas where states’ policies have been affected by EU processes of coordination and convergence, and where they remain driven by primarily national considerations. The chapter also assesses and compares the impact of these processes among a selection of smaller EU member states.

Keywords:   arms export controls, dual-use export controls, strategic trade controls, EU, arms trade, arms industry, policy coordination, policy convergence

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