International arms transfers

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SIPRI researchers have been studying international arms transfers since 1968. Research is currently divided into three areas: Measuring international arms transfers; Transparency in international arms transfers; and Controlling international arms transfers. Research findings are presented in the SIPRI Yearbook and other SIPRI and non-SIPRI publications. SIPRI also maintains the Arms Transfers Database - which includes information on all international transfers of major weapons since 1950 - as well as a database of all international and multilateral arms embargoes.
SIPRI ARMS TRANSFERS DATA LAUNCH 2016

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database
containing information on all transfers of major weapons from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year 2015, has been updated.
Information on the recent trends are now available to view here.

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RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE

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Recent Publications

Trends in international arms transfers, 2015

Aude-Emmanuelle Fleurant, Sam Perlo-Freeman, Siemon T. Wezeman and Pieter D. Wezeman
SIPRI Fact Sheet
February 2016
Available here

L’approvisionnementen armement duCanada :une vision parcellaireet des objectifs imprécis

Aude-Emmanuelle Fleurant, Yannick Quéau
Policy Options Politiques
21 January 2016
Available here

The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2014

Aude-Emmanuelle Fleurant, Sam Perlo-Freeman, Pieter D. Wezeman, Siemon T. Wezeman and Noel Kelly
SIPRI Fact Sheet
December 2015
Available here

The 2015 UN Register on Conventional Arms: still time to improve

Pieter D. Wezeman and Siemon T. Wezeman
SIPRI Expert comment
18 September 2015
Available here






Older publications can be accessed here.

Recent Activities
19 April 2016, Tartu, Estonia

Global and European defence markets and industries

Programme Director Dr Aude Fleurant, Head of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, gave a lecture on global trends in military expenditure, arms transfers and arms industry at the above titled seminar held at the Baltic Defence College. For futher information please contact Dr. Aude Fleurant.

15 April 2016, Brussels, Belgium

Pax Christi Flanders Peace Conference

Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman from the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, participated in the Pax Christi Flanders annual Peace Conference and, in the context of Belgian plans for new combat aircraft, presented an overview of the global and European markets for combat aircraft. For more information about this event please see here. For any further information please contact Siemon Wezeman.

13-14 April 2016, Brussels, Belgium

European Defence Agency workshop on UAVs

Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman from the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, participated in a workshop on payloads for small UAVs organized by the European Defence Agency, and presented an overview of the European UAV industry. For more information about this event contact Siemon Wezeman.

8 April 2016, New York, USA

World Military Spending: Trends and Implications

Programme Director Dr Aude Fleurant, Head of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, presented SIPRI’s data findings on military expenditures in 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters at an event titled, Military expenditures: Trends and Implications. This event was co-hosted by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, with the sponsorship of the Permanent Mission of Japan. For more information contact Dr. Aude Fleurant.

7 April 2016, Oslo, Norway

Norwegian Peace Association seminar on military trends 2015

Dr. Sam Perlo-Freeman, Head of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Project, presented the findings of the latest SIPRI report on recent trends in military expenditure at a seminar in Oslo organized by the Norwegian Peace Association (Norska Fredslag). This event was chaired by Breines Ingeborg, co-President of the International Peace Bureau, with Sverre Kvalvik of the Norwegian Defence Research Institute and Cathrine Sandnes, Director of the think-tank Manifest Analysis also giving presentations. For further information contact Dr. Sam Perlo-freeman.

5 April 2016, Washington D.C., USA

Global Military Spending and the Arms Trade: Trends & Implications

Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, presented the findings of the latest SIPRI report on recent trends in military expenditure and international arms sales. This event was co-hosted by the Forum on the Arms Trade and the Stimson Center. For more information about this event, please see here. For further information contact Dr. Aude Fleurant.

5 April 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Forum on Security and Development

Dr. Sam Perlo-freeman, Head of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Project, presented the findings of the latest SIPRI report on recent trends in military expenditure at the Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. An event co-hosted by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and SIPRI. In a session titled, 'Military Expenditures and Social Spending' it began with a brief presentation on the findings from SIPRI’s new military expenditure data. Participants discussed regional and country trends and drivers of military expenditure, along with comparisons between countries and recent trends in social spending. The issue of how improved transparency and budgetary systems might reduce corruption and increase the effectiveness of military spending in responding to security threats was also discussed. For more information on the Stockholm Forum on Security and Development see here. For further information on contact Dr. Sam Perlo-Freeman.

16 March 2016, The Hague, Netherlands

Presentation to Dutch Parliament Defence Committee on plans for new Dutch submarines

Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman from the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, participated in a round-table discussion with experts and the Defence Committee of the 2nd Chamber of the Dutch Parliament about Dutch plans for acquisition of new submarines. His contribution can be found here. For more information contact Siemon Wezeman.











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Internships with the arms transfer project

 

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SIPRI’s International Arms Transfers, Arms Production and Military Expenditure projects are now combined into one programme, the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.  

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