- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict and peace
- Peace and development
The five biggest suppliers for the period 2004–2008 were the USA, Russia, Germany, France and the UK. The five biggest recipients were China, India, the UAE, South Korea and Greece. The UAE rose to third place from 16th place in 1999–2003, and transfers to the Middle East were 38 per cent higher in 2004–2008 than in 1999–2003.
While China was the largest recipient of major conventional weapons for the period 2004–2008, the volume of its imports has declined dramatically since 2007. The volume of deliveries to Taiwan has also fallen, dropping by 44 per cent between 1999–2003 and 2004–2008.