Arms Transfer And SALW Controls In Middle East And North Africa: Challenges And State Of Play – Analysis


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(SIPRI) The year 2019 saw the first-ever instance of an arms industrial conglomerate from an Arab state—EDGE from the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—entering SIPRI’s list of the top 25 largest arms-producing and military services companies.

This is just one illustration of the growing role that some states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) play in the global arms trade—not only as arms importers but also increasingly as arms producers and exporters. These developments occur in a region mired in instability and insecurity, rising tensions, and active armed conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen.

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Published: Thursday, November 10, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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