Security, armaments and development in recipient countries of German arms exports

In the framework of this project, BICC makes available various basic data on armament, the military, security, human rights, and governance in 170 countries. The information intends to make an assessment and evaluation of the German arms exports policy easier and is thus keyed to criteria of the EU Common Position on arms exports of 2008. BICC has been receiving funds by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for research on the topic of arms exports since 2002. The BMZ in particular supports the generation and update of country portraits of select recipient countries of German arms exports, the building and update of a database with background information on recipient countries of German arms exports and the annual calculation of the Global Militarisation Index (GMI). The GMI objectively depicts the allocation of resources within a state and can thus show the relative weight and importance of the military apparatus of that state in relation to its society as a whole. The GMI and its database are one of the central elements of BICC’s academic research and are constantly updated. They are based on comprehensive research on the research theme of arms exports and on questions regarding the armament–development nexus. The extension of the project until 2017 takes into account the work BICC has done in this research theme and permits BICC to build upon reliable formats, to expand these, to put the work on the database, the GMI and the country portraits on a new academic footing, to update the database and the country reports regularly and, if necessary, to add new information and data.

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Duration of project

since 2002