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  • 27 Feb.: SIPRI Update out now!

    The February 2015 SIPRI Update is out now—read it online or subscribe to receive the SIPRI Update in your inbox each month.

    In this issue we present an essay by Oliver Bräuner and Daha Park on how non-interference limits China's role in the fight against Islamic State. Read the full essay online or browse the full list of SIPRI Essays from 2009 to 2015.

  • 23 Feb.: Promoting crisis management in the East China Sea 

    Four new SIPRI Policy Briefs shed light on aspects of crisis management in the East China Sea. The publications conclude a two-year project supported by the MacArthur Foundation that enabled SIPRI to host high-level maritime security dialogues in Stockholm with significant Chinese and Japanese participation.

    Read more and download the Policy Briefs.

  • 18 Feb.: Final report from SIPRI’s New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative now online

    A new SIPRI report identifies clarifying expectations, aligning resources and equitable burden sharing as key components of successful future peace operations. The report, launched today in New York City, aims to feed into a larger United Nations review of its peace operations.

    Read the Press Release, download the report or read more about the series of workshops that informed the report's findings.

  • 30 Jan.: SIPRI Update out now!

    The January 2015 SIPRI Update is out now—read it online or subscribe to receive the SIPRI Update in your inbox each month.

    In this issue we present an essay by Ian Anthony on the strategic challenge posed by Russia to the European Union. Read the full essay online or browse the full list of SIPRI Essays from 2009 to 2015.

  • 22 Jan.: New SIPRI Policy Paper on Western arms transfers to China

    Despite Western states' imposition of arms embargos in 1989, China has continued to benefit from the transfer of military-relevant Western goods and technologies in its efforts to modernize its defence forces' industrial and technological capabilities.

    Read or download the SIPRI Policy Paper.

    SIPRI Background Papers
    on Norwegian and Canadian controls on arms exports to China, respectively, plus additional tables, are also available as an online appendix.

in focus

2015 International Defence Exhibition and Conference

On 22–25 February the United Arab Emirates hosted the 2015 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), arguably the world's most significant international arms fair.

While serious conflicts continue in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, and governments throughout the Middle East face challenges from a variety of internal and external sources, IDEX focused on how governments in the region are modernizing and expanding their armed forces and how arms producers from all over the world seek to benefit from this process.

Download the latest SIPRI Fact Sheet, 'The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2013'. SIPRI's databases on military expenditure, arms transfers and arms production also contain detailed information on the military trade in the Middle East.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with a SIPRI expert on these issues, contact SIPRI Communications Director .

Upcoming events

16 Mar., Washington, DC, 10.00–11.30

Global arms trade: recent trends and looking ahead

Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of SIPRI's Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, will present SIPRI's data on trends in international arms transfers in 2014 at an event co-hosted by the Forum on the Arms Trade and the Stimson Center. Jeff Abramson (Forum on the Arms Trade) and Rachel Stohl (Stimson Center) will also discuss prospects for greater responsibility and transparency in the global arms trade.

Read more about the event or RSVP.

SIPRI data launches 

SIPRI will launch three major data sets in the lead-up to the publication of SIPRI Yearbook 2015.

  • 15 Dec. 2014: Announcement of the SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies for 2013. Read the press release or download the Fact Sheet.

  • 16 Mar. 2015: Launch of the SIPRI data on international arms transfers in 2014.

  • 13 Apr. 2015: Launch of the SIPRI data on world military expenditure in 2014.