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Brookings Doha Center Webinar: Business As Usual? Arms Sales During COVID-19

June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Brookings Doha Business As Usual webinar

The Brookings Doha Center invites you to attend a webinar on the global arms industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for both Western arms exporters and for importing countries in the Middle East.

The discussion will address the following questions:

As the global arms industry continues ‘business as usual’ during the pandemic, should governments revisit human security and national security policies and priorities? Does such militarisation affect the ability of states to effectively and swiftly eradicate COVID-19 at home and abroad? How do arms exporters reconcile their support for a global ceasefire on the one hand, and their continued support for militarisation on the other? And do governments have no choice but to sustain the jobs created by the arms industry through continued arms sales?


▪ David Wearing, Teaching Fellow in International Relations – Royal Holloway University
▪ Dennis Horak, Former Canadian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
▪ Diana Ohlbaum, Legislative Director for Foreign Policy – Friends Committee on National Legislation
▪ Pieter D. Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the Arms and Military Expenditure Programme – The Stockholm International Peace Research

Moderator: Noha Aboueldahab, Fellow – Foreign Policy, Brookings Doha Center

Kindly note that there is a maximum capacity to join this webinar.


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