Arming the World for Peace Merkel's Risky Weapons Exports

Drawing lessons from Afghanistan and Libya, German Chancellor Merkel has been making quiet changes to Berlin's arms exports policy. Instead of intervening in conflicts, she wants to help arm certain countries to provide stability in crisis regions. But if history is any guide, the plan could backfire.
Von Ulrike Demmer, Ralf Neukirch und Holger Stark
Merkel on a visit to Jakarta, Indonesia this July. The country wants German weapons.

Merkel on a visit to Jakarta, Indonesia this July. The country wants German weapons.

Foto: Soeren Stache/ dpa
Translated from the German by Josh Ward