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16 May.: A more inclusive Arctic Council faces new challengesThe Arctic Council's ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden, this week highlighted the global interest in the Arctic region. The fact that six non-Arctic states—China, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore—were granted permanent observer status indicates an opening up of the Council to the world and signifies a breakthrough that rejects ideas of Arctic isolationism.
Read the Expert Comment by SIPRI researchers Kristoffer Bergh and Ekaterina Klimenko and SIPRI associate Linda Jakobson.
See also the recent SIPRI paper on China's Arctic aspirations.
3 May.: New SIPRI paper on the Proliferation Security InitiativeThe Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) was conceived in 2003 as a response to a growing threat of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. As it marks its 10th anniversary, the initiative faces a continually evolving set of challenges in its efforts to target the transport of consignments of proliferation concern: despite the participation of over 100 states, a number of key states remain opposed, and questions about its legality, activities and effectiveness persist.
Read more and download the report.
30 Apr.: New SIPRI Update out now!Read it online. Do not miss the essay on the global market in natural uranium by the Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme Programme Director Ian Anthony and Researcher Lina Grip.
22 Apr.: Sweden to honour former SIPRI DirectorSIPRI’s former Director, Professor Bates Gill, is to receive an award from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The Royal Order of the Polar Star recognizes Professor Gill’s distinguished service to Sweden during his five years as SIPRI Director. The award will be presented to Professor Gill by the Ambassador of Sweden to Australia, His Excellency Sven-Olof Petersson, at a Canberra reception on 24 April 2013.
SIPRI Yearbook 2013 data launchesWe have now completed our series of three data-set pre-launches in the lead-up to the publication of SIPRI Yearbook 2013.
- On 18 February
we launched our arms production
data, featuring the SIPRI Top 100
arms-producing and military services companies for 2011. Sales by these
companies in 2011 decreased by 5 per cent. Read the press release or access the
SIPRI Top 100 list.
- On 18 March we launched our data on international arms transfers, according to which China has now become the world’s fifth-largest exporter of major conventional arms. Read the press release, download the SIPRI Fact Sheet or access information on recent trends in international arms transfers.
- On 15 April we launched our military expenditure data. In 2012 world military expenditure amounted to $1.75 trillion, a fall of 0.5 per cent in real terms since 2011. Read the press release, download the SIPRI Fact Sheet or access the updated SIPRI Military Expenditure database.
June 14-15, Stockholm
SIPRI hosts 17th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security