Vol 13, No 2 (2018)

This issue contains a symposium of six articles regarding the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's (SIPRI) arms industry and military services database. Aude Fleurant and Nan Tian, both at SIPRI with work responsibilities for the database, introduce the symposium and the history of the database. Ron Smith and J. Paul Dunne discuss types and examples of quantitative analyses of the database. Diego Lopes da Silva proposes a method by which to estimate countries' domestic arms production volume, using SIPRI's existing methods for estimating the volume of international arms shipments. Herbert Wulf proposes expanding SIPRI's arms industry database to compare the industry's size to other industries and to countries' GDP or other summative measures of overall economic heft. Keith Hartley discusses "knowns and unknowns" regarding arms industry data and the difficulties one encounters in collecting data. Finally, Sam Perlo-Freeman discusses arms trade corruption and the systemic role governments and party politics play in this regard.

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Articles

SIPRI’s arms producing and military services companies database
Aude Fleurant, Nan Tian
Issues in the quantitative analysis of the SIPRI arms industry database
Ron Smith, J. Paul Dunne
Filling arms production data gaps: South America as a case in point
Diego Lopes da Silva
Analysis of SIPRI’s arms production data: Some suggestions for expansion
Herbert Wulf
Arms industry data: Knowns and unknowns
Keith Hartley
Arms, corruption, and the state: Understanding the role of arms trade corruption in power politics
Samuel Perlo-Freeman