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Conceptualizing the arms race in Asia

This chapter examines the conceptual bases upon which analyses of the trends, causes and implications of the emerging arms race in Asia could be carried out. The chapter begins by examining how the trends could be understood by assessing arms spending and procurement. This is achieved through the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the available data on military spending, arms procurement and other relevant information. It explains the sources of primary data, their problems and uses. It then explains the condition of anarchy in the international system, and how this underpins the concept of the arms dynamic which is a useful analytical tool in explaining the process of arms acquisitions. The defi nition of an arms race is also explored, as well as the relationship between arms races on the one hand, and the security dilemma and misperceptions on the other.