Summary of Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2014

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In recent years, many countries have actively engaged in the development and exchange of major weapons. Reporting for the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), authors Siemon T. Wezeman and Pieter D. Wezeman reveal trends in the arms industry and list the major exporters and importers of arms between 2009 and 2013. Although they provide sufficient numerical data, the SIPRI report stops short of explaining the implications of these trends for international relations and global peace. Always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this fact sheet to policymakers, peace activists and those who take particular interest in international relations.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the trends and issues in global arms transfer look like,
  • Which countries were the largest exporters of major weapons from 2009 to 2013, and
  • Which countries were the largest importers of major weapons in those years.

About the Authors

Pieter D. Wezeman and Siemon T. Wezeman are senior researchers with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institution (SIPRI) Arms Transfers Programme.



Between 2009 and 2013, transfers of major arms increased globally by 14%. While the five major arms exporters were the United States, Russia, China, Germany and France, the largest importers were India, Saudi Arabia, China, the UAE and Pakistan. During this time, the world’s top five exporters accounted...

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