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  • 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.

  • 27 June: SIPRI Update out now!

    The June 2014 SIPRI Update is now available. Read it online or subscribe to receive our newsletter in your inbox each month.
    In this issue we present two essays. The first, by Vitaly Fedchenko and Ian Anthony, discusses new European approaches to energy security. The second, by Gaudence Nyirabikali, examines the role of 'track III' interventions in the resolution of the conflict in Mali.

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.

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

SIPRI Arms Embargoes Database describes the terms of the UN and EU 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 Yearbook data launches 2014

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

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.