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Trends in international arms transfers, 2017

The volume of international transfers of major weapons in 2013–17 was 10 per cent higher than in 2008–12. This is a continuation of the upward trend that began in the early 2000s. The flow of arms to the Middle East and Asia and Oceania increased between 2008–12 and 2013–17, while there was a decrease in the flow to the Americas, Africa and Europe.

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database now includes data on arms transfers in 2017 and updated information for 1950–2016. This Fact Sheet highlights some of the key global and regional trends and issues in arms transfers based on the new data.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITORS

Dr Nan Tian is a Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme.
Alexandra Kuimova is a Research Assistant with the SIPRI Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme.
Dr Aude Fleurant is the Director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme.
Pieter D. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme.
Siemon T. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers and Military Expenditure Programme.