Asian Demand Pushes Increase in Arms Transfers

According to the report:

Asia and Oceania accounted for 44 per cent of global arms imports, followed by Europe (19 per cent), the Middle East (17 per cent), the Americas (11 per cent) and Africa (9 per cent).

India was the world’s largest recipient of arms, accounting for 10 per cent of global arms imports. The four next largest recipients of arms in 2007–2011 were South Korea (6 per cent of arms transfers), Pakistan (5 per cent), China (5 per cent) and Singapore (4 per cent).

‘Major Asian importing states are seeking to develop their own arms industries and decrease their reliance on external sources of supply,’ said Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme. ‘A large share of arms deliveries is due to licensed production.’

Check out the press release, also available in French, Spanish and Swedish, here.

February 2012 Newsletter

Check out our new February Newsletter entitled “Military Spending: Anti-Development.” In it, we talk about the global development agenda, the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and how Military Spending factors into the equation. It’s clear that with over $1.6 trillion of global resources being wasted in the military industries, the resources that need to be devoted to pressing development needs won’t get to the people suffering from the hunger, diseases and exploitation common to underdeveloped areas. We also give a glimpse of what’s being planned for GDAMS 2012 and are proud to announce the endorsement of Nobel Peace Prize winner (1987) Oscar Arias!
So check it out! Or download it in English here.

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GDAMS February Newsletter