The Development Trap: Militarization, Environmental Degradation and Poverty and Prospects of Military Conversion

"The main aim of this study is to analyze the direct effects of militarization, environmental stress, and poverty on socio-economic development. The novelty of the study stems from its attempt to explore the interlinkages and feedbacks of the three factors and the indirect effects of this causation on the development process. The focus here is on the theoretical linkages and mechanisms in LDCs, with special emphasis on the African continent. Although development is a multi-dimensional and of inter-disciplinary nature, this study relies mainly on economic analysis to explain the obstacles facing the process of development."