On 20 January, the Small Arms Survey published this Briefing Paper which identifies the most and least transparent of 50 top and major small arms exporters, based on those states’ reporting of their authorized small arms exports undertaken. This Briefing Paper provides a general overview of states’ reporting of their authorised small arms exports in 2018, while also analysing states showing the largest changes from the preceding year’s Barometer scores. The overall trend shows an increase in the amount of information provided, yet no state managed to achieve the maximum score of 25, Switzerland being the closest with a score of 21.75. It found that the least transparent exporters for 2018 are — in ascending order — Iran; North Korea (both with scores of zero); Saudi Arabia; Israel; and Taiwan, China. The most transparent exporters in 2018, in descending order, were Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, and UK.
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