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What’s Behind the Major Hike in Weapons Sales?

Not even a global pandemic or the consequent economic collapse could put a brake on global weapons expenditure. In fact, a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute suggests that government spending on military hardware actually increased during the pandemic. Arms sales hit a record $531 billion in 2020 – that's a 1.3 percent rise compared to the previous year. So what triggered the major hike in sales? And is it money well spent during a global pandemic? Guests: Elisabeth Braw Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute Owen Greene Professor of International Security at the University of Bradford

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