PSU’s Sidore Lecture Series Explores International Arms Trade

March 12th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-A noted human rights activist and international affairs expert is the guest speaker at Plymouth State University’s Sidore Lecture Series March 25.

Josh Rubenstein is currently the Northeast regional director of Amnesty International. Rubenstein is a longtime associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and has been professionally involved with human rights and international affairs for 30 years as an activist, scholar and journalist with particular expertise in Soviet affairs. His presentation will examine the growing international arms trade.

Rubenstein believes the international arms trade is largely misunderstood and underreported, though it is of critical importance in reducing human suffering worldwide.

“The selling of weapons is big business, yet arms trade laws are so out of date that the sales of army helmets are more regulated than the components assembled into deadly weapons,” said Rubenstein. “What the world needs is an effective International Arms Trade Treaty that will stop the flow of arms to those governments that commit human rights abuses.”

The March 25 Sidore Lecture Series will be held at 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall of the Silver Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Plymouth State University. The event is free and open to the public.

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