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  • 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.
  • 20 Jan.: The European Union's response to the terrorist attacks in Paris

    In the wake of the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the EU and its member states face growing public calls to address internal and external threats and terrorism.

    Read the SIPRI expert comment by Lars-Erik Lundin.
  • 14 Jan.: SIPRI to host event at upcoming Munich Security Conference

    SIPRI will host a discussion on the future actions of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at the Munich Security Conference, which will be held on 6–8 February 2015.

    Read more about the conference or contact SIPRI Communications Director for further information.
  • 16 Dec.: SIPRI Update out now!

    The December 2014 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 Elisabeth Sköns on external engagement in African security. Read the essay online or browse the full list of SIPRI Essays from 2009 to 2014.

  • 15 Dec.: The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies for 2013

    Sales of arms and military services by the world's largest arms-producing companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $402 billion in 2013 according to new data on international arms production launched today by SIPRI.

    Read the full press release or access the data.

In Focus

Peace and security in South Asia

In the SIPRI statement on the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, SIPRI Director Dr Ian Anthony points out that the awarding of the prize to Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan draws attention to a region with a multitude of complex security problems that require sustained engagement.

India and Pakistan are currently expanding their nuclear arsenals. Similarly, both countries are among the world's top 10 arms importers. Peace and security in South Asia also depends, to a large extent, on the success of the forthcoming 'transition decade' in Afghanistan, in which Pakistan, in particular, could play a key role.

UPCOMING data launches 

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

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.

4 Feb., SIPRI, 14:00-15:30

SIPRI Lecture: The future of President Obama’s ‘Prague Vision’: 
Assessing the way forward to a world free of nuclear weapons

SIPRI cordially invites you to a lecture by Dr Joseph F. Pilat.

In December, 158 countries met in Vienna to highlight the humanitarian impact of any nuclear explosion and stressed the importance of a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. These issues will be further highlighted at the upcoming nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference to be held at the United Nations in New York in April/May in 2015. It is within this context that Dr Pilat will review recent developments and offer comments on the way forward.

Read the full invitation. Please confirm your participation, no later than Tuesday, 3 February 2015 by sending an email with your name and full affiliation to Cynthia Loo ().

17 Feb., Munich Security Conference

Building Security in and for Europe: 
Future Actions of the OSCE

Since December 2012 the OSCE Helsinki+40 process has been evaluating its activities and trying to identify ways to enhance the organization's effectivenessThis SIPRI event will take stock of the current evaluation and explore future opportunities within the framework of the OSCE.

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chair of the OSCE Eminent Persons Panel and a SIPRI Governing Board member, will offer special remarks at the lunch discussion. 

Contact SIPRI Communications Director for further information.