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White House Needs New Arms Sales Approach

Andrew Shapiro and Max Bergmann write about why the White House needs a new approach to arms sales.

President Biden has made clear in his first 100 days that he will pursue a values-based foreign policy that prioritizes democracy and human rights. This is welcome and past due. But his administration will need to lay out a new approach to US arms sales to make it happen.

US arms sales are one of the trickiest and most complex aspects of US foreign policy. Decisions over arms sales require balancing competing foreign policy, military, and economic interests, as well as weighing these concerns with our democratic values. As a result, US arms sales ultimately reflect the priorities and outlook of the wider administration.

The above excerpt was originally published in Breaking Defense. Click here to view the full article.

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Authors

Andrew Shapiro

Max Bergmann

Senior Fellow