Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


All countries make trade-offs between social spending and military spend-ing, and developing countries are not exempt from this predicament. Resources are particularly scarce in these countries, so every decision is made with the understanding that money is tight. Since the end of the Cold War, United States policy makers have been trying to stabilize these regions to promote peace and development. Ironically, however, military weapons are still readily available to these developing countries through the major industrial powers (United States, Russia, China, etc.). If the United States and other developed countries are serious about promoting peace and development in underdevel-oped regions, then it is vital to know why excessive amounts of money are spent on the military every year in those countries.