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Commonwealth Journalists' Association

By Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs Correspondent and CJA-UK member

The Economics of KillingHow the West fuels war and poverty in the developed world

Wednesday, April 25th 2012 at 6:30 – 8.00pm

By his own admission, Vijay Mehta chose a provocative title for his book The Economics of Killing in which he blames Western democracies for fuelling ‘war and poverty in the developed world’. His meticulous research bolsters his argument, and whether you agree or not, Mehta makes a charge that goes to the heart of modern strategic policy making.

What exactly is this institution known as the military-industrial complex? Is it a force for good, an umbrella of benevolent power that revived Europe after the Second World and has allowed East Asia to flourish. Or has it allowed a few to get very rich, while seeking out wars and exploitation in poorer parts of the world.

The issue is deep and important. In its lively, intelligent debate,  the CJA panel only brushed the surface bringing to light more issues on which many would like to know the answers.

Read the event notice here.