Armed with Good Intentions? Explaining Arms Embargo Compliance

Doctoral Dissertation


My dissertation—“Armed with good intentions? Explaining arms embargo compliance”—investigates why major arms exporters have come not only to comply with international arms embargoes, but also to embrace them as policy instruments. I examine and contrast the historical developments in two leading arms exporting nations, Germany and the United Kingdom. During the past 50 years, these countries moved away from treating arms embargoes as a nuisance they reluctantly navigated—and sometimes violated—to championing them as policy instruments. Based on rich case studies of the arms embargo regimes against South Africa and China, and interviews with policymakers and archival research, the dissertation finds that the growing strength of the arms embargo norm has made noncompliance a costly choice for arms exporting states.


Attribute NameValues
Author Kathrin Kranz
Contributor George A. Lopez, Research Director
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Political Science
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2016-08-17

Submission Date 2016-08-31
  • economic sanctions,

  • arms export controls

  • international institutions and norms

  • arms embargoes

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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