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 conventional weapons since 1950 - as well as a database of all international and multilateral arms embargoes.
SIPRI ARMS TRANSFERS DATA LAUNCH 2014
The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database containing information on all transfers of major weapons from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year (2013) has been updated. Further information on the recent trends are available to view here
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE


Svenska pansarbandvagnar till Irak (Swedish armored personnel carriers to Iraq)’, SverigesRadio (Broadcast in Swedish but with written report in English with comments from Pieter Wezeman), 3 March 2015
'Saudiavtal under press (Saudi Agreements under pressure)', SVT (Agenda Programme - TV interview with Pieter Wezeman), 1 March 2014
'Sudan's President Bashir attends arms fair Idex in UAE', BBC (TV interview with Pieter Wezeman), 27 February 2015
'Rikt land viktig kund för vapenindustrin (Rich country important customer for the arms industry)', Dagens Nyheter, 25 February 2015
'Svensk Vapenexport Minskar (Swedish Arms Exports Decrease)', SvD Nyheter, 24 February 2015
'Idex opens with bigger show of hardware and exhibitors', The National Business, 21 February 2015
'Die Weltkarte der Waffenexporte (The World Map of arms exports)', SpiegelOnLine, 8 February 2015
'How Nigeria can win war against Boko Haram', New Telegraph, 1 February 2015


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Recent Publications

The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2013

Aude-Emmanuelle Fleurant and Sam Perlo-Freeman
SIPRI Fact Sheet
December 2014
Available here

Die französische Rüstungsindustrie. Strategische Autonomie mit Hindernissen (The French defense industry. Strategic autonomy with obstacles)

Aude-Emmanuelle Fleurant, Yannick Quéau
DGAP analysis 15
1 September 2014
Available here


Trends in international arms transfers, 2013

Siemon T. Wezeman and Pieter D. Wezeman
SIPRI Fact Sheet
March 2014
Available here

Arms Trade Treaty assistance: identifying a role for the European Union

Mark Bromley and Paul Holtom
EU Non-proliferation Consortium Discussion Paper
February 2014
Available here

The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2012

Sam Perlo-Freeman and Pieter D. Wezeman
SIPRI Fact Sheet
January 2014
Available here

China's Export of Small and Light Weapons

Mark Bromley, Mathieu Duchâtel and Paul Holtom
SIPRI Policy Paper no. 38
October 2013
Available here


 

Older publications can be accessed here.

Recent Activities
20th February 2015, Stockholm, Sweden

Presentation at Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman gave a lecture at the diplomatic academy of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Trade In Conventional Arms. For more information contact Pieter Wezeman.

11th February 2015, Paris, France

Major Trends in Arms Production and Transfers in Times of Austerity : Challenges for the UK and France

Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, Dr. Aude Fleurant participated on a joint Institut de recherche stratégique de l’Ecole militaire (IRSEM) - King’s College Defence Studies workshop on France and UK cooperation on armaments. For more information contact Aude Fleurant.

11th February 2015, Paris, France

Economic drivers of strategic disruption

Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, Dr. Aude Fleurant, attended a conference on strategic disruption discussing possible economic drivers of strategy changes and disruption. For more information contact Aude Fleurant.

29th January 2015, Munich, Germany

IFAIR-Panel on Weapons Trade with Experts from SIPRI and BICC

SIPRI Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman gave a presentation on recent trends in arms trade and was part of a discussion panel at the Ludwig Maximilians University. The meeting was organized by IFAIR and the Chair of Empirical Political Research and Policy Analysis of LMU. Jan Grebe from BICC and Lukas Hafner, both once interns at SIPRI (2007 and 2014), also participated in the panel. More information on the event can be found here. For further information contact Siemon Wezeman

26th November 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Presentation at Nordic-Baltic Export Control meeting

SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman gave a presentation at the Nordic-Baltic Export Control meeting on the Trade In Conventional Arms: Global And Regional Perspectives. The meeting was organised by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information contact Pieter Wezeman.

10th November 2014, Singapore

The global arms industry in 2030 and beyond, RSIS

Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, Dr. Aude Fleurant, attended a workshop under Chatham House rules and gave a presentation of possible future scenarios in the European arms industry by 2030. For more information contact Aude Fleurant.














Older activities can be accessed here.

 

 

 

Internships with the arms transfer project

 

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