Eight prominent Russian experts contribute to this unique Russian-American analysis of the state of Russia's arms industry and national export controls, as well as the strategic implications of Russian arms sales to China and clients in the Middle East. Since the early 1990s, Russia's once colossal defense-industrial complex has been in upheaval. Parts of the arms industry have collapsed, and hopes for conversion from military to civilian production have proven largely illusory. An aggressive arms-sales policy—seen as a panacea—has also met with mixed results. At the same time, turmoil in domestic politics and in the reform process has limited and slowed much-needed changes in the industry's organization, operations, decisionmaking, and controls over the export of arms and sensitive technologies.

The authors examine these and other issues posed by Russia's participation in the world arms trade. The book evolved from discussions of the Russian-American working group on conventional arms proliferation convened by the co-editors at the Carnegie Endowment's Moscow Center.


Dmitri Trenin is director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, where he specializes in foreign and security policy. He is the author of numerous books, including The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization and coeditor of Ambivalent Neighbors: The EU, NATO and the Price of Membership.

Praise for this publication

"Russia in the World Arms Trade is the first book-length attempt by Russian authors to tie together the strategic, political, and commercial aspects of Russia?s arms exports. It provides highly useful insights into the current condition of Russia?s armaments industry and the drive for arms sales. The book offers a well-informed and insightful view of the Russian debate on this formerly completely taboo subject."
Sergei Rogov, Director of the Institute for USA and Canadian Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences