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Hard-wired for corruption

Corruption is not a sleazy add-on to the global arms trade. It is central to procurement decisions and makes the industry far bigger than it needs to be. If corruption could be tackled, the industry would dwindle to its irreducible strategic necessity

By Joe Roeber   August 2005

It is appropriate that arms trade-related corruption should have claimed one of its biggest victims in the shadow of July’s G8 Gleneagles summit. Jacob Zuma, deputy president of South Africa, and tipped by many to be the next president, was sacked in June because of his connection to a businessman who had solicited bribes from a French defence company. The fall of Zuma highlights the “first, do no harm” development approach for rich countries, which was largely absent in Gleneagles. This approach stresses not so much the good things we should do for Africa but the bad things we should…

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