International arms transfers
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 2015
The containing information on all transfers of major weapons from 1950 to the most recent full calendar year 2014, has been updated. Further information on the recent trends are now available to view
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
‘Yhdet vievät aseet, toiset ottavat pakolaiset (One set of take up arms, others take refugees)’, Taloussanomat, 24 September 2015
‘Obama the super-salesman pours fuel on a Middle East in flames’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 2015
‘Pakistan Joins Exclusive Drone Club, With Nod to China’, Bloombeg Business, 10 September 2015
‘Europe’s migrant crisis: Defense contractors are poised to win big’, Fortune, 10 September 2015
‘China assisted Pakistan on armed drone, say experts’, Financial Times (subscription needed), 10 September 2015
‘Analysts Link Syria to Latest US Sanctions on Russia’, Defense News, 6 September 2015
‘Saudi Arabia White House Visit: Growing Military, Regional Security Concerns Could Mean Boon For US Weapons Industry’, International Business Times, 3 September 2015
‘After parade of power, attention turns to China's military presence in the Pacific’, Deutsche Welle, 3 September 2015
‘Flucht vor Fehlern des Westens (Fleeing from mistakes of the West)’, Freie Presse, 1 September 2015
‘Iran plans to sign contract for Russian S-300 missiles next week’, Reuters, 18 August 2015
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The 2015 UN Register on Conventional Arms: still time to improve
Pieter D. Wezeman and Siemon T. Wezeman
SIPRI Expert comment
18 September 2015
Trends in international arms transfers, 2014
The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2013
Aude-Emmanuelle Fleurant and Sam Perlo-Freeman
SIPRI Fact Sheet
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
Siemon T. Wezeman and Pieter D. Wezeman
Trends in international arms transfers, 2013
SIPRI Fact Sheet
Arms Trade Treaty assistance: identifying a role for the European UnionMark Bromley and Paul Holtom
EU Non-proliferation Consortium Discussion Paper
The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2012Sam Perlo-Freeman and Pieter D. Wezeman
SIPRI Fact Sheet
China's Export of Small and Light WeaponsMark Bromley, Mathieu Duchâtel and Paul Holtom
SIPRI Policy Paper no. 38
30 September, Brussels, Belgium
Conference: Post-conflict states and public procurement. Strategic, economic and legal challenges and opportunities
SIPRI Senior Researcher, Dr. Sam Perlo-Freeman, with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended this conference organized by: the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union and the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Dr Perlo-Freeman spoke on arms procurement in post-conflict states. For more information about this event, contact Sam Perlo-Freeman.
29- 30 September, Berlin, Germany
12th Annual Handelsblatt Conference: Security Policy and the Defence Industry
Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended the above titled conference. At the conference Dr. Fleurant participated in a panel discussion on 'European Arms Cooperation and Collaboration'. For more information about the conference see or contact Aude Fleurant.
10- 11 September, Berlin, Germany
Tiergartan Conference: Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in a Period of Global Upheaval
Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended the above titled conference organised by Fredrich Ebert Foundation (FES). At the conference Dr. Fleurant participated in a panel on 'German Arms export policy: Between Political values, military imperatives and economic interests’. For more information about the conference see here or contact Aude Fleurant.
2 - 4 September, Tromso, Norway
Conference: The Framing of Europe: Peace Perspectives on Europe's Future
Dr. Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended this conference organised by the European Peace Research Association. Dr. Fleurant gave a keynote presentation at the conference titled, ‘Three steps backs for European defence and security? Trends in military spending, arms production and arms transfers’. Dr. Fleurant also moderated a panel on the economics of conflict. For more information about this event see here or contact Aude Fleurant.
31 Ausust - 1st September, Stockholm, Sweden
SITE Academic Conference: Fighting Corruption in Developing and Transition Countires
SIPRI Senior Researcher Dr. Sam Perlo-Freeman with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended a SITE Academic Conference titled Fighting Corruption in Developing and Transition Countries. For more information about this event see here or contact Sam Perlo-Freeman.
2nd July 2015, Visby, Sweden
The Almedalen Week
During the Almedalen week, a major annual event in Swedish political life, SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman participated in a panel on the impact of Swedish arms exports on security worldwide. The panel was organised by the Swedish Defence Export Agency (FXM) and other participants came from swedish civil society and government agencies. For more information contact Pieter Wezeman.