A responsibility to promote worldwide cooperation toward peace and security is not the only role that the permanent-five veto-wielding powers in the United Nations Security Council have in common. Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are also the world’s largest exporters of conventional weapons to developing countries.

The export of weapons by the so-called P5 countries is not new, yet recent data published by the Congressional Research Service on the global arms trade shows that arms-transfer agreements totaling $65 billion in 2015 were committed to developing countries, “where most analysts agree that the potential for the outbreak of regional military conflicts currently is greatest,” the new data-based report said.

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