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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).

Australia’s Arms Export Strategy Goes Beyond Selling Weapons

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

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 what it really entails. ...

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