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'Qaddafi Files' wins National Magazine Award

We're thrilled to announce that "The Qaddafi Files," an examination of the archives of the late Libyan dictator -- including never-before-seen family photos, and articles by Human Rights Watch's Peter Bouckaert and Qaddafi scholar Dirk Vandewalle -- has just won a National Magazine Award for multimedia. The digital awards were presented in New York today by the American Society of Magazine Editors. 

It's the third year in a row FP has taken home a digital "ellie." In 2010, Tom Ricks' Best Defense won. Last year, it was Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay.

Thanks to all of you for making this another great year on the web for FP.  Let's do it again next year!

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Asia's arms shopping spree

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute was come out with the latest update to its Arms Transfers Database, which shows Asian countries -- particularly India -- continuing to drive the global demand for small arms:

India's military build-up, particularly in naval firepower, was FP's top "Story You Missed" in 2011. Altogether Asian countries accounted for 44 percent of global arms imports from 2007 to 2011.

Another major development in this year's numbers is China's transition from weapons importer to exporter. The volume of its exports grew 95 percent between 2002-2006 and 2007-2011, making it the world's sixth largest arms exporter after Britain.

The U.S. is still the world's top arms supplier, accounting for 30 percent of global exports.