International arms transfers


SIPRI researchers have been studying international arms transfers since 1968. Research is currently divided into three areas: measuring arms transfers; transparency in arms transfers; and controlling 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.
The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database, containing information on all transfers of major weapons from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year (2013), has now been updated. Read more about recent trends in international arms transfers.

'The Middle East's new era of militarisation', Al Jazeera, 1 October 2014
'Sverige har svårt att kontrollera vapensmugglingen' [Sweden has found it difficult to control weapons smuggling], Omvärlden, 1 October 2014
'Kurds don't believe Turkey wants to fight the Islamic State', Vice News, 1 October 2014
'Vietnam building deterrent against China in disputed seas with submarines', Reuters, 7 September 2014
'Interview with Dr Aude Fleurant on the Mistral deal and France-Russia relations', Voice Of Russia, 5 September 2014
SIPRI: Southeast Asia's defense build-up is a balancing act’, Deutsche Welle, 19 August 2014
Unklar ist, was mit den Waffen passiert’ [It is unclear what happened to the weapons],, 15 August 2014
'L'arrêt des exportations d'armes vers Israël par l'Europe sans effet?'
[The cessation of arms exports to Israel through Europe without effect?], France24, 5 August 2014

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Recent Publications

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
21 October 2014, Hague, The Netherlands

Lecture at Society for International Development

SIPRI Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman gave a lecture on the international arms trade at the Society for International Development (hosted by the Institute for Social Studies) in The Hague. For more information contact Siemon Wezeman or visit the website of the SID

6 October 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

Lecture at Arms Trade Treaty Course

SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman gave a lecture at a course for officials from 16 countries on Building capacities for effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty organised by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Geneva Forum. For more information contact Pieter Wezeman.

11-14 August 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Conference

Director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers, Arms Production and Military Expenditure Programme, Dr. Aude Fleurant attended the major International Peace Research Association (IPRA) bi-annual conference. Aude gave two presentations on the current trends in military expenditures and arms production transformation at the conference. For more information contact Aude Fleurant.

2 July 2014, Visby, Sweden

The Almedalen Week

SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman spoke at the security policy venue of the annual Almedalen week in Visby, Sweden. Pieter discussed the impact of the Arms Trade Treaty during a seminar organised by Amnesty International. For more information contact Pieter Wezeman.

17 March 2014, Paris, France

Roundtable and launch of SIPRI arms transfers data

SIPRI and Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l'École Militaire (IRSEM) held a roundtable discussion on the global arms market. This roundtable brought together French-speaking experts to address contemporary developments in arms exports by key countries and regions, and included a launch of SIPRI data on international arms transfers for 2013. Download an agenda for the event in English or French (PDF).

8-9 October 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia

Seminar on Arms Export Control in Eastern Europe

Director of SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme, Dr Paul Holtom, attended a EU COARM Regional Seminar on Arms Export Control in Tbilisi. The seminar was funded by the European Union and organized by the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) in cooperation with the government of Georgia. Paul chaired a plenary session on the Arms Trade Treaty and a workshop to discuss the role of techical experise in export control risk assessments. For more information contact Paul Holtom.


Older activities can be accessed here.

Internships with the arms transfer project


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