Tag Archives: arms trade

Croatia | Big Lockheed Martin against small Croatia: the failure of purchasing aged Israeli F-16 jets

by Marko Knežević

The story of the Croatian procurement, more precisely a purchase attempt, of Israeli F-16 fighter jets has all the elements of a foreign-policy thriller, including intrigues, transnational interests, corruption, a plot twist, and the shocking ending when the main character realizes he has fallen into something bigger than him. Still, it is not a memorable blockbuster, only an everyday episode of the long-running sitcom set in the Government of Croatia. Already in April 2018, the BalkansPost reported about a high-level corruption behind the sale and cyber attacks against investigative journalists who published sensitive documents related to it, but the controversial story reached an unexpected twist over the last few weeks.

Sweden | Global arms industry: SIPRI report

(Stockholm, 10 December 2018) Sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $398.2 billion in 2017, according to new international arms industry data released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). 

Germany | How Germany Breaks its Own Laws to Arm Saudi Arabia

While the United States, the U.K., and others claim not to sell weapons to governments that “violate human rights” (meaning kill people with other weapons, such as bone saws), Germany’s law forbids it to sell weapons to countries that are at war (so, only to countries that expect to soon start wars). However, Germany joins the United States and the U.K. in ignoring its own standards.

UK | UK Defends Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia During Debate on Yemen

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt defended Britain’s stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and said the war in Yemen has no simple answers.

International arms transfers

SIPRI conducts research on arms transfers to or from particular regions, sub-regions, states or non-state actors aimed at both increasing the fundamental understanding of the impact of arms transfers and to support policymaking and policy implementation.

An important aim of SIPRI’s research is to contribute to greater transparency as a means of ensuring responsible international arms transfers, thereby helping to prevent violent conflict, alleviate tensions, warn about potentially destabilizing arms accumulations and counter the misallocation of limited resources. We investigate international arms transfers in relation to international security and national foreign and defence policies; inter-state relations; states’ compliance with international commitments such as arms embargoes or the Arms Trade Treaty and national legislation on international arms transfers; and we assess arms procurement against declared defence and security policies.