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  • 29 Aug.: July–August SIPRI Update out now!

    The SIPRI Update for July–August 2014 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 Lars–Erik Lundin on the need to return to a basic level of trust in relations between Russia and the West. Read the full essay online or browse the full list of SIPRI Essays from 2009 to 2014.

  • 21 Aug.: SIPRI welcomes new Governing Board Chairman

    The Swedish Government today appointed Ambassador Sven-Olof Petersson as the new Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board. He will formally take up his position on 1 September 2014. He succeeds Göran Lennmarker, who stepped down earlier this year.

    Read the full press release.

  • 23 July: Asan–SIPRI conference in Seoul

    On 9 July SIPRI and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies co-hosted a conference on the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative (NAPCI) entitled NAPCI and the European Experience of Confidence and Security-Building Measures.

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  • 1 July: New SIPRI military expenditure data for NATO countries

    SIPRI's extended dataset of military expenditure of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states is now freely available online, alongside our main military expenditure dataset for all countries.

    The data, which makes use of NATO data on members' military spending and other sources, extends back at least to each country's year of joining.

    Enter the database.

In Focus

Weapon deliveries to northern Iraq: risks and responsibilities

The violent advances of the Islamic State group and the evolving humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq have led several countries to consider supplying military aid to the Iraqi Government and Kurdish militias. This raises questions about the long-term consequences of such supplies.

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database provides information about transfers of major arms to Iraq and Syria.

The SIPRI Arms Embargoes Database describes the terms of the United Nations and European Union arms embargoes on Iraq.

The recent SIPRI publication 'Transfers of small arms and light weapons to fragile states: strengthening oversight and control' discusses the utility and risks of supplying arms to conflict regions and fragile states.

SIPRI data launches 2014

31 Jan. 2014: Announcement of the SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies for 2012. Read the press release.

17 Mar. 2014: Launch of the SIPRI data on international arms transfers in 2013. Read the press release or download the Fact Sheet.

14 Apr. 2014: Launch of the SIPRI data on world military expenditure in 2013. Read the press release or download the Fact Sheet.

16 June 2014
: Launch of SIPRI's world nuclear forces figures. Read the press release or visit our nuclear forces pages.


14–16 October, online
Security Jam: Brainstorming Global Security

As part of the 2014 Security Jam, SIPRI will host an online forum on the European Union as a global security broker. Four SIPRI experts will participate in the forum.

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