The Global Arms Industry: New Data, Trends and Global Developments

17 Dec 2014 09:00
17 Dec 2014 12:15



On the occasion of the launch of the new SIPRI data on the international arms industry, the Egmont Institute, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) held a discussion on The Global Arms Industry: New Data, Trends and Global Developments.

Few would deny the relationship between international political and economic changes and technological developments. The economic capacity of a state to sustain an arms industry, and the technological prowess needed to develop new, cutting-edge military capabilities, have been regarded as important indicators of national power in the past. Variations in the size and distribution of military industrial capacity could be a lead indicator and perhaps also a partial explanation of important current political transformations. Indeed, advances in new and emerging technologies might disrupt traditional perspectives on the elements of military power. What are the main tendencies and patterns in the global arms industry? Where are the new and emerging centres of arms production? How have European countries adapted their approaches to military technology?

Our joint event saw the presentation of the new SIPRI data in the light of the current global security developments. The organisers were especially pleased to welcome special guest speaker Dr. Yudit Kiss, author of the SIPRI Monograph on arms industry transformation in East Central Europe, which was issued earlier this year.

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Ian Anthony, Director, SIPRI
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Director of the Europe in the World Programme, Egmont Institute
  • James Copping, Policy Officer Defence, DG Enterprise, European Commission 
  • Daniel Fiott, FWO Researcher on the EDTIB, IES-VUB
  • Dr. Aude Fleuran, Director of the Arms Transfers and Arms Production Programme, SIPRI
  • Dr. Yudit Kiss, Professor of Economics
  • Fabio Liberti, Project Officer Defence & Industry Analysis, European Defence Agency