described the country's rise to third place as "the most significant change" in its new survey of global arms sales.
military expenditures reached Cold War levels in 2004 and is now going beyond that level," says Elisabeth Skons, leader of the military expenditure and arms production sector of SIPRI
Patterns of major armed conflicts, 1990--2004', SIPRI
Yearbook 2005: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (Oxford University Press: Oxford).
12 trillion figure issued by SIPRI
, the organisation noted that global arms spending actually showed a decline in most regions, with the United States and the Middle East being two major exceptions.
En todo caso, SIPRI
reconoce solamente dos conflictos internacionales: el de Irak y el de Cachemira, como si la normalidad reinara en Afganistan y en Palestina, para solo mencionar dos casos evidentes.
Military spending in South Asia rose 23% in real terms, second only to the growth rate in Africa, where arms conflicts pushed up the growth rate in military spending by 37% in the past two years, according to SIPRI
Much of the SIPRI
data also are available in German and French, but nothing in Spanish.
Siemon Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI
Arms and Military Expenditure Programme said 'The tensions between India, on the one side, and Pakistan and China, on the other, are fuelling India's growing demand for major weapons, which it remains unable to produce itself,' said.
noted that Russia, the second largest arms exporter, saw a decrease of 7.
According to data provided by SIPRI
from the beginning of 2017 nine countries a the USA, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea posses around fourteen thousand nuclear heads.
The increase was attributed primarily to more expenditure in Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East, while the decline in spending in the West was levelling off, SIPRI
reports, not only will Middle Eastern countries continue to lead the world's arms import market in the future, but so will the Asian states.