Those speaking will be:
- The global arms trade: its impact on democracy, development and security.Øystein Rolandsen
, PRIO - The effects of arms proliferation on Sudan and the Horn of Africa. Nicholas Marsh
, PRIO – Steps to reform the arms trade.
, who works at PRIO on drones, cyber war and humanitarianism, will chair the seminar.
Andrew Feinstein was an ANC member of South Africa’s parliament (including as a member of its public accounts committee) until he resigned in 2001 in protest at the ANC’s refusal to allow an independent and comprehensive enquiry into a multi-billion dollar arms deal which was tainted by allegations of high level corruption. His account of the deal, the corruption, its cover up and his attempts to investigate it are the subject of his first book After the Party: A Personal and Political Journey Inside the ANC
The book details how the fixers and executives of the western world’s largest arms companies used bribery to seal multi-billion pound deals. It shows how those deals have undermined accountable democracy, socio-economic development, and human rights, and led to immeasurable suffering across the war zones of the world.