24-1-2018 Het SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) houdt databases bij over de wereldwijde wapenhandel, de wapenindustrie en de uitgaven aan wapens. Over de periode 2012-16 constateert het instituut op alle 3 gebieden een verontrustende stijging.
A new era of militarization?
SIPRI's research on arms and military spending has been at the core of the institute's work since its founding in the 1960s. The three comprehensive and open-access databases (Arms transfers, Arms industry and Military expenditure) exemplify SIPRI's core values of transparency and universality by using only open sources that can be independently checked and including data on nearly every country in the world.
Data released by SIPRI this past year shows an upward trajectory in all three of these areas. In particular, transfers of major weapons in 2012-16 reached their highest volume for any five-year period since the end of the cold war, and the SIPRI Top 100 Arms Industry figures indicated the first rise in arms sales since 2010. In 2017, SIPRI produced an interactive web platform as a way to visualise trends in worldwide military expenditure. For further visual analysis of international arms transfers, check out 'The state of major arms transfers in 8 graphics'.