Two men walk past a German-made Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard tank with a “sold” sign on it at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22, 2017 (AP photo by Jon Gambrell).
Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about the production and trade of arms around the world. Between 2014 and 2017, Germany’s government approved some $31 billion in weapons sales, including almost $18 billion to countries outside the European Union and the NATO alliance. Under Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany has become one of the top five arms exporters in the world by volume, despite major domestic opposition to the sale of German weapons. In an email interview, Sophia Besch, a research fellow at the Center for European Reform and an expert on German defense and security policy, [...]
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan poses with Turkish soldiers during his visit to the Qatari-Turkish Armed Forces Land Command Base, Doha, Qatar, Nov. 15, 2017 (AP photo by Kayhan Ozer).
Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about the production and trade of arms around the world. Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that his country would no longer buy defense systems, software or products from other countries, except in cases of emergency, in the interest of building up Turkey’s own defense industry. A NATO member, Turkey has bought arms from allies like the United States for years. In an email interview, Iyad Dakka, a fellow with the Centre for Modern Turkish Studies at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Canada, [...]
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe stand in front of an Australian-built Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, Funabashi, Japan, Jan. 18, 2018 (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko).
Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about the production and trade of arms around the world. In late January, Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, unveiled a plan to make his country one of the world’s top 10 arms exporters. Currently, Australia exports about $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion in defense equipment annually, a figure that Turnbull said his government is seeking to increase significantly in the coming decade. In an email interview, Greg Colton, a research fellow in the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, explains what is behind the government’s strategy and [...]
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