7. Arms Export Controls and Transparency

No data

Criterion seven of the EU Common Position asks whether there is a risk that the military technology or equipment will be diverted within the recipient country or re-exported under undesirable conditions. The assessment of the database emphasizes membership in the two central international regimes for the control of the transfers of conventional arms, the ATT and the Wassenaar Arrangement. If a state is neither a member of the ATT nor of the Wassenaar Arrangement, it is rated as ‘critical’.

The database also includes information on the level of transparency with regard to the transfer of small arms and on anti-corruption measures in the defence sector. This is based on the assumption that high levels of intransparency and corruption facilitate illicit diversion of arms. If a country is performs very poorly with regard to these two indicators, it is rated as ‘critical’, too. Respectively, the country is rated as ‘possibly critical’ if it performs poorly here.

Finally, in order to support the risk assessment with regard to diversion, the database provides information on the arms export control regime of a recipient country. It asks, whether national export controls, brokering regulations and enforcement measures are in place; whether measures are taken to mitigate the risk of diversion; and whether a state is reporting on its arms transfers to the UN Register of Conventional Arms and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) reporting system. The source for these data is the National Transfer Control Database of the Arms Trade Treaty Baseline Assessment Project (BAP). If a country has, according to this data, established only few national arms transfer controls, it is rated as ‘possibly critical’.


Member of the Wassenaar Arrangement No data
Arms Trade Treaty, 2014 No data
National Arms Transfer Control System (BAP National Transfer Control Database) - out of 16 points
Measures to Mitigate the Risk of Diversion (BAP National Transfer Control Database) - out of 9 points
Transparency (BAP National Transfer Control Database) - out of 11 points
Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index
Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer -


  • Member of the Wassenaar Arrangement

    The Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) has been established in 1996 to contribute to regional and international security and stability, by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfer of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilising accumulations. Participating States seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities.


  • ATT Baseline Assessment Project (BAP)

    National Transfer Control Database

    The Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project (ATT-BAP) was developed by Rachel Stohl (Stimson Center) and Paul Holtom (Coventry University) following the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty. The project seeks to provide clear guidance on the obligations contained within the ATT and to establish a baseline assessment of States’ abilities to implement the Treaty. The National Transfer Control Database provides information on the national arms transfer control systems of states; for example on export control legislation, transparency, or measures to address diversion.


  • UNODA Disarmament Treaties Database

    Since 1978, the United Nations has been publishing the status of multilateral Arms Regulation and Disarmament Agreements, presenting data on signatories, partied of relevant agreements and the texts of the agreements themselves.


  • Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index

    The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) of Transparency International assesses the existence, effectiveness and enforcement of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence and security institutions. The experts draw together evidence from a wide variety of sources and interviewees across 77 indicators to provide a detailed assessment of the integrity of national defence institutions, and awarded a score for each country from A to F.


  • Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer

    The Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, published by Small Arms Survey, assesses countries’ transparency of their small arms exports (quantity, precision, and usefulness of the data made publicly available), taking into account national arms export reports, including national contributions to the EU and SEESAC Reports, submissions to the ATT, the UN Programme of Action and International Tracing Instrument, the UN Register of Conventional Arms and the UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database.