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Weapons for Peace? The Unexpected Benefits of UNSC Membership. Anirudha Vaddadi and Josi Sinagoga. The Study. Research Question: Do countries leverage their political importance for weapons imports?

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weapons for peace the unexpected benefits of unsc membership

Weapons for Peace? The Unexpected Benefits of UNSC Membership

Anirudha Vaddadi and Josi Sinagoga

the study
The Study
  • Research Question:Do countries leverage their political importance for weapons imports?
  • Specifically: Do countries on the United Nations Security Council as rotating members receive more arms imports from Germany?
  • Results: Our analysis finds a robust relationship between UNSC membership and the importation of German arms
background
Background

The International Arms Trade

  • Cold War Era
  • Post-Cold War Era
background contd
Background, contd.

Why Germany?

  • Position in Arms Market
  • Political System
  • Exclusion from the P5
methodology
Methodology
  • Dependent Variable: Heavy arms imports from Germany, measured by Trend Indicator Value (TIV) - general arms imports are also used as a comparison
  • Independent Variable: UNSC Membership - dichotomous indicator
  • Controls: year of election into UNSC, ln(GDP per capita), ln(population), war, political regime, trade with Germany, German colony
methodology contd
Methodology, contd.
  • Country and year fixed-effects
  • Clustered errors
  • Focusing regression analysis on Africa due to its unique UNSC selection process
  • Regressions on individual countries
results2
Results

Countries with statistically significant relationships:

concluding remarks
Concluding Remarks
  • “Power Resources”
  • Buying Peace with Weapons
  • Future Research?