Past events

29 November, SIPRI, Stockholm (10:00-11:30)

SIPRI Lecture: Building a world free of chemical weapons

SIPRI is pleased to host a lecture by Dr Paul Walker. Dr Walker has been awarded the 2013 Right Livelihood Award 'for working tirelessly to rid the world of chemical weapons'.

Read the full invitation. Please confirm your participation no later than Wednesday, 27 November 2013 by sending an email with your name and full affiliation to Cynthia Loo ().

5 November, SIPRI, Stockholm (10:00-11:30)

Transparency in the military sector

SIPRI is pleased to host a lecture by Mark Pyman, the Director of Transparency International's Defence and Security Programme, entitled "Transparency in the military sector: the role of parliaments". Pyman will present a new report covering 82 countries, which surveys the role of parliaments in monitoring and overseeing defense policy and military budgets, expenditure and procurement.

Read the full invitation. Please confirm your participation with your name and full affiliation no later than Monday, 4 November 2013 to Cynthia Loo, Email:

14–15 June, Stockholm

SIPRI hosts 17th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security

SIPRI is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security will be held at SIPRI in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14–15 June 2013. The conference is co-organized by SIPRI and Economists for Peace and Security.


13 June, SIPRI Stockholm

SIPRI lecture: Future directions in the economics of conflict

SIPRI cordially invites you to a lecture by SIPRI's Director, Professor Tilman Brück, on the occasion of the 17th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security to be held at SIPRI on 14 and 15 June.

Professor Brück’s presentation will focus on the ways in which SIPRI intends to fill existing knowledge gaps and enhance understanding of conflict, peace and security, thereby enabling better policies to be made in the pursuit of a more peaceful, secure and equitable world. Read the full invitation (PDF).

Please confirm your participation by providing your name and full affiliation, no later than Monday, 10 June 2013 to Caroline Säfström ( 

Please note the change of venue - the seminar will now be held at SIPRI.

3 June, Rosenbad, Stockholm (12:00-14:30)

Seminar and launch of SIPRI Yearbook 2013

On the occasion of the launch of SIPRI Yearbook 2013, SIPRI is pleased to invite you to a seminar on 'The international response to allegations of chemical weapon use: status and implications'.

The speakers in this seminar consider the current mechanisms for investigating alleged use of chemical weapons and discuss future options for raising the quality and availability of authoritative data on chemical weapons use. Read the full programme (PDF).

Please confirm your participation by 31 May to Cynthia Loo, tel: 08-655 97 51, email:

20 May, Beijing

Workshop on denuclearization and non-proliferation in North Korea after the third nuclear test

SIPRI together with CACDA is organizing a Workshop on how to  promote denuclearization and non-proliferation after the third North Korean nuclear test earlier this year. During the workshop there will also be a launch of the Chinese version of SIPRI Yearbook 2012. Read the full programme (PDF). 
For more information please contact Zhou Hang (

17 May, Stockholm (10:00-12:00)

SIPRI seminar: How effective are targeted sanctions?

The UN Security Council has imposed targeted sanctions on arms flows, financial resources, travel and aviation connections, and specific export commodities for particular individuals, non-state actors and states—with varying success. The Stockholm Process was a Swedish initiative undertaken in 2001–2003 to strengthen the implementation and monitoring of so-called targeted sanctions. It was the last stage of a broad review of sanctions that also included the Interlaken and Bonn processes. This seminar is an opportunity to examine the key developments and challenges to United Nations targeted sanctions that have emerged in the decade since the Stockholm Process findings were first presented to the Security Council. Read the full programme.

Please confirm your participation with your name and full affiliation no later than Wednesday, 15 May
2013 with  Cynthia Loo, phone: 08-655 97 51, email:

26 April, SIPRI, Stockholm (13:00-14:30)

SIPRI Lecture: Innovation in nuclear thinking

In this lecture Dr Benoît Pelopidas from the University of Bristol discusses the nuclear threat, exploring how the present nuclear discourse has led to to a form of deadlock. Dr Pelopidas presents a way out of this deadlock, using an analysis of how the current nuclear discourse works and providing a strategy to create space for innovative and critical thinking about nuclear weapons. Read the full invitation (PDF).

Please confirm your participation, giving your name and full affiliation, no later than Thursday, 25 April with Ms Cynthia Loo, Phone: 08-655 97 51, Email:

18-19 April, SIPRI, Stockholm

SIPRI Conference: China’s foreign and security policy

SIPRI will host a conference on the Hu Jintao decade in Chinese foreign policy (2002–2012) on 18–19 April.


More information about the conference


15 April, New York (13:15-14:30)

Launch event: Military expenditures - trends and challenges

In conjunction with the latest release of the SIPRI data on world military expenditures and the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, a panel discussion will explore how regional political developments are reflected in countries' military spending and budget priorities, and the implications of these trends. The discussion is arranged by UNODA and SIPRI North America.


For more information please contact Ms. Gillian Goh.

18-19 March, Reykjavik

Trans-Arctic conference

The Arctic, where ice has so far been a barrier, could become an open bridge in the future between widely separated and different nations. Ice melting at sea and on land will open up new trans-Arctic transport routes and give access to new mineral and fishery resources, even while it disrupts traditional habitats. The Trans-Arctic conference will bring together experts and policy-formers from all the large and small nations most interested in Arctic developments. It is hosted by the Institute for International Affairs and Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Iceland (IIA/CAPS), and SIPRI.


The conference is open to all - register your attendance by sending an email to: no later than 15 March. Read more here


18-19 March, New Delhi

Workshop on the economic analysis of conflict

SIPRI,  together with Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) and the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN), is organising a workshop on the Economic Analysis of Conflict in Central, South and Southeast Asia. 


This workshop will focus in particular on peace research and analysis of conflict in countries of Central, South and Southeast Asia. It will aim to foster networking among young and senior researchers from Europe and Asia. Please see attached Call for Papers (PDF) for further details.

18 March, UN Headquarters, New York (13:15-14:30)

ATT event: Arms transfers, transparency, and the ATT

When UN member states begin the final conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on March 18, 2013, they will have a number of contentious issues to resolve. This side-event at the UN on the first day of the ATT Conference will bring together perspectives from various actors to inform the negotiations towards a robust, legally binding treaty to strengthen the regulation of the international trade in conventional arms.


Read the program for more information on the event and how to register.


18 March, New Delhi (10:00-13:00)

Seminar on SIPRI arms transfers data

On March 18 SIPRI will release the international arms transfers data for 2012. On the same day SIPRI, together with Observer Research Foundation (ORF), is organising a seminar in New Delhi with the title "Arms Transfers to Asia: supply and demand".


Read the full invitation (PDF). Please RSVP to the ORF (

14-16 February, Washington, DC

The missing peace symposium 2013

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and SIPRI North America have convened a group of scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and military and civil society actors to examine the issue of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, identify gaps in knowledge and reporting, and explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence.


This Symposium is by invitation only. However, you may still participate by watching the live webcast of the event beginning at 8:30am EDT on February 14, 2013 at  

Read more about the symposium.

1 February, SIPRI North America, Washington, DC

Symposium on women in combat

In recent years, the US Government has recognized the increased role of and need for women in the military, and it has lifted some exclusionary policies. However, there remains a great deal of resistance, including in the US military, to initiatives that call for eliminating the combat exclusion ban altogether.


This symposium will examine the wisdom and impact of past and present combat exclusion policies. It will bring together a diverse group of participants, including military personnel, academics, lawyers, and representatives of civil society organizations.