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Trends in World Military Expenditure, 2012

Publisher: SIPRI
April, 2013

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.


Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman is an Associate Senior Researcher at SIPRI.
Dr Elisabeth Sköns is an Associate Senior Fellow at SIPRI and the former Head of the Mali civil society and peacebuilding project.