February 22, 2015
This stunning graphic displays all transfers (sales or donations) of major conventional weapons in 2013 from one country to another. Natalia Bronshtein, a professor and consultant who runs the blog Insightful Interaction, used data from the Siri Arms Transfer Database to construct this. You can use the interactive version to see more clearly the volume of arms transfers from one country to another. Note that Russia is the largest player, exporting $8.23 billion in arms that year, while the U.S. follows behind with $5.99 billion, and China is a distant third, exporting $1.83 billion in 2013.
Lesson: the major powers flood the world with weapons, making the planet a more violent place.