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


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),’ Tagesschau.de, 15 August 2014
'L'arrêt des exportations d'armes vers Israël par l'Europe sans effet?'
(The stop arms exports to Israel through Europe without effect?), France24, 5 August 2014
'From guns to warships: Inside Europe's arms trade with Russia', CNN, 31 July 2014
'Europese wapens nog steeds naar Rusland (European weapons still going to Russia)', Nieuwsuur, 25 July 2014
'Australia buys up, enters Asian arms race' The Sidney Morning Herald, 15 June 2014
'Analysts Welcome Russian Decision on Arms Sales To Pakistan’, Defense News, 4 June 2014

See more SIPRI in the media here.

Recent Publications

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

Serious About Regulating Arms Exports? Donate Here

Paul Holtom and Erwin van Veen
IPI Global Observatory
20 June 2013
Available here

Next Steps for the Arms Trade Treaty: Securing Early Entry Into Force

Paul Holtom and Mark Bromley
Arms Control Today
June 2013
Available here

 

Older publications can be accessed here.

Recent Activities
11-14 August 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Conference

Director of 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.
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