(Stockholm, 15 April 2021) The Swedish Government has formally appointed Ambassador Chan Heng Chee and Feodor Voitolovsky as new members of the SIPRI Governing Board.
Ahead of the 2021 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, SIPRI is pleased to share guest blog posts from partner organizations. This is a shortened version of a blog that was originally published on Verfassungsblog.
Iran’s atomic energy agency announced last week that it had produced 55 kilograms of 20 per cent-enriched uranium in barely four months.
On 26 March, SIPRI, IPI and NUPI hosted a virtual expert-level dialogue on the theme ‘Translating Mandates into Policy and Practice: Emerging lessons from operationalizing climate-related security risks in peace operations and peacebuilding’.
The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database is a record of how certain military technological capabilities are transferred from state to state. Its fundamental aim is to inform, and ideally stimulate, discussion that might lead to a better understanding of the state of peace and security around the world.
Explaining the Nuclear Challenges Posed by Emerging and Disruptive Technology: A Primer for European Policymakers and Professionals
This paper is a primer for those seeking to engage with current debates on nuclear risk in Europe. It demystifies and contextualizes the challenges posed by emerging and disruptive technologies in the nuclear realm.
A Strategic Triangle in the Arctic? Implications of China–Russia–United States Power Dynamics for Regional Security
This SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security paper examines security challenges arising from the Arctic activities of three actors with a substantial ‘footprint’—China, Russia and the United States—and how they might be addressed in existing and new frameworks.
South Asia’s Nuclear Challenges: Interlocking Views from India, Pakistan, China, Russia and the United States
This report provides an overview of views on nuclear postures and escalation affecting South Asia, based on 119 research interviews conducted in 2020 with military, nuclear, political and regional experts from India, Pakistan, China, Russia and the United States.
On 16 March, SIPRI experts gave evidence to the British Parliament Committees on Arms Export Controls as part of the committee’s inquiry into UK arms exports in 2019. The oral evidence session was held virtually.
On 16 March, SIPRI experts gave evidence to the United Kingdom Parliament Committees on Arms Export Controls as part of the committee’s inquiry into UK arms exports in 2019. The oral evidence session was held virtually.
SIPRI releases its Annual Review 2020, which takes a retrospective look at the institute’s activities, commentaries, events, news and publications over the past year.
This SIPRI Insights paper examines how climate-related security risks (CRSRs) are framed and responded to within different bodies of the European Union (EU). The paper finds that CRSRs are framed differently across the EU and that the kinds of actions proposed vary. Although this is not necessarily a problem, a key challenge is that across the EU the prescriptions for addressing CRSRs largely focus on long-term prevention in the form of climate mitigation, on the one hand, and reactive crisis responses, on the other.
The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2016–20 was 0.5 per cent lower than in 2011–15 and 12 per cent higher than in 2006–10. The five largest arms exporters in 2016–20 were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China. The five largest arms importers were Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Australia and China. Between 2011–15 and 2016–20 there were increases in arms transfers to the Middle East and to Europe, while there were decreases in the transfers to Africa, the Americas, and Asia and Oceania.
The long-standing relationship between China and the European Union (EU) is being subsumed into a broader geopolitical competition between major power centres. Alongside cooperation, elements of competition and rivalry have been sharpened by a re-evaluation of the bilateral relationship by EU actors. Areas of cooperation have included Chinese involvement in the EU’s internal connectivity projects—specifically in transport and digital networks. This report examines this cooperation and assesses its prospects.
Thanks to SIPRI’s translation partners, the summary of SIPRI Yearbook 2020 is now available in Catalan, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), French, Italian, Korean, Spanish and Swedish.
International arms transfers level off after years of sharp growth; Middle Eastern arms imports grow most, says SIPRI
International transfers of major arms stayed at the same level between 2011–15 and 2016–20, according to new data on global arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
On Friday 19 February, Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, and Renata Dwan, Deputy Director of Chatham House, gave an informal briefing on 'conflict futures' to the 15 UN Security Council Permanent Representatives at a meeting hosted by the United Kingdom Mission to the UN in New York.
Supporting Small Arms and Light Weapons Controls through Development Assistance: The Case of sub-Saharan Africa
The proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) has had a negative impact on conflict, security and development. In order to help states to address the multifaceted challenges posed by the proliferation of these weapons, some states as well as regional and international organizations have established a series of funding instruments and assistance programmes that support or provide SALW control-related assistance.
On 23 February the United Nations (UN) Security Council will hold an open session on the topic of climate change and security. The security implications of climate change are highly diverse, crossing and linking different sectors of society. They have a particular relevance for the peace operations conducted by the UN (see box 1 and figure 1 below). As of December 2020:
While grassroots participation in peace processes is increasingly recognized as a way of achieving more inclusive and sustainable peace, moving beyond the realm of traditional diplomacy among high-level actors remains a challenge. Community and grassroots organizations often remain at the periphery of peace processes. This can be due to contending priorities among civil society groups, geographical distance from the negotiation table, the language used during negotiations and implicit issues of hierarchy and privilege.
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