UK arms exports to Saudis to continue amid record missile sales

The UK saw its largest quarterly increase in arms export to Saudi Arabia since the Kingdom began their bombing campaign in Yemen, official figures reveal. And last night, in a debate on Yemen in parliament, the government showed no sign of aligning with President Biden’s commitment, announced last week, to stop arming Saudi Arabia’s offensive […]

A Force For Good? Britain’s Overseas Military Alliances Held Up to Scrutiny

The prospect of a new post-Brexit Global Britain is a chance to be “a force for good in the world,” according to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a Sunday Telegraph article he wrote just over a year ago. And the past year has shown that Mr Raab’s ambitions are certainly matched by those of the […]

UK approved arms exports to Armenia and Azerbaijan

The UK has approved exports for military equipment and ammunition to both Armenia and Azerbaijan in the past year, the two nations currently fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. This is despite the UK being signed up to an arms embargo to both nations.  Government data reveals that, since 2010, the UK Department for […]

UK arms exports to the Maldives

The Maldives: Country overview The Republic of Maldives is a multiparty constitutional democracy with a population of approximately 395,000. It is a South Asian state, located in the Indian Ocean, boasting Malé as its capital. The state religion is Islam, and adherence to it is legally required by its citizens according to the Constitution. In October […]

UK arms exports to Myanmar

Myanmar: Country overview The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is located in Southeast Asia, bordering India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos and China. The country’s estimated population is around 51 million. Myanmar was, from 1962 to 2011, ruled by an oppressive military junta, but during the past decade, the country has undergone a […]

UK arms exports to Mexico

Mexico: Country overview The United Mexican States is a federal presidential constitutional republic located between North America and Central American, bordering the US, Guatemala and Belize. The capital is Mexico City, and it has an estimated population of 123 million. In 2017, Mexico was said to be confronting the second most deadly conflict in the […]

UK arms exports to the Philippines

The Philippines: Country overview The Republic of the Philippines is located in Southeast Asia in the Pacific Ocean, sharing maritime borders with Taiwan, Vietnam, Palau, Malaysia and Indonesia. It has an estimated population of 100 million. Rodrigo Duterte has been the president since 2016, elected on promises to fight crime, and to rid the country of […]

News from AOAV: 19 August 2013

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AOAV condemns use of excessive force on Egyptian protestors

The world watched in horror yesterday as the Egyptian military violently attacked supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were occupying points in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt. While the day’s death toll is still unclear, it is at least 525 at latest count and still rising. AOAV unequivocally condemns the Egyptian Army’s tactics, particularly […]

New study: Asia Pacific to outstrip Northern American arms budget

As Western Europe’s share in the global arms market sees a sharp fall, Asia is finding itself in the midst of a tight arms race. In a new study – Balance of Trade – analysts of IHS Jane’s predict that the Asia Pacific defence budget will see a rise of 35% by 2021. This new total of […]