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Trends in world military expenditure, 2012

From 15 April 2013 the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database includes newly released information on military expenditure in 2012. This Fact Sheet describes the global, regional and national trends in military expenditure that are revealed by the new data, with a special focus on security spending in Central America.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITORS

Dr Elisabeth Sköns is an Associate Senior Fellow at SIPRI and the former Head of the Mali civil society and peacebuilding project.
Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman is the Head of the SIPRI Project on Military Expenditure in the Arms and Military Expenditure Programme (currently on leave of absence).