9th March 2012 David Turner: The Arms Trade; The Winners and Losers


Title of talk:

Arms Trade-Winners and Losers by David Turner

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • The Global Picture
  • The Big Players
  • UK- Facts, Regulation fallacies
  • Official Rationale
  • The Real Arms Trade Driving Forces
  • Discussion
  • Campaign Against Arms Trade- Aims,Focus, Strategies.

Suggested you-tube links, websites and / or texts where further information may be found:

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. The IISS was founded in the UK in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries’ armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue.


The global issues web site looks into global issues that affect everyone and aims to show how most issues are inter-related.  There are over 550 articles on this site, mostly written by myself. The issues discussed range from trade, poverty and globalization, to human rights, geopolitics, the environment, and much more. Spread over these articles, there are over 7,000 links to external articles, web sites, reports and analysis to help provide credence to the arguments made on this web site.


The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) in the UK works to end the international arms trade.  The arms business has a devastating impact on human rights and security, and damages economic development. Large scale military procurement and arms exports only reinforce a militaristic approach to international problems.


A few words about you and your passion:

I’m a longterm peace, human rights and nuclear disarmament campaigner.  In 1996 together with other concerned individuals I founded Edinburgh CAAT Group and have been active as a campaigns organiser for 14 years.

A few lines about the history of your subject:

A Campaign Against Arms Trade began in 1975 in England, established by individuals and groups who saw a need for an organisation focusing specifically on challenging the Government’s active support of a trade which fuels conflict, aids repressive regimes and aggravates poverty

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The event was advertised in association with edgeeradica…


Ragged talks in association with edgeeradica present three talks to inspire you…

1230: Emily Steadman – Rainbow of Desires
1300: David Roberts – Forum Theatre
1500: David Turner – The Arms Trade; Winners and Losers

9th March
Abbeymount Centre
2 to 4 Abbeymount
Edinburgh, EH8 8EJ

Details about the talks can be found by visiting

This event provides an introduction to forum theatre, using skills and techniques created by Augusto Boal within the theatre of the oppressed. These talks will provide a broad understanding of forum theatre that will challenge and expand people’s perception of what theatre is.  Please go online to find out about the edgeeradica festival coming in April.