LATEST press release
31 Jan.: SIPRI Top 100 data launchArms sales by the world's largest arms-producing and military services companies (SIPRI Top 100) totalled $395 billion in 2012. This result represents a 4.2 per cent decrease in real terms compared to the companies in the Top 100 for 2011 and follows a 6.6 per cent decrease in that year. Arms sales by the Top 100 have nevertheless increased by 29 per cent in real terms since 2003.
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8 Oct. 2013: press release
The need for a civilian entry strategy in Afganistan
Alongside the military exit strategy, the international community needs a civilian entry strategy for Afghanistan in which donors continue or even increase their development assistance after the military have left. Afghans’ desire for continuing basic services and a strong Afghan government are stressed in a new report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) presented today at a meeting of donors and civil society in Kabul.
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19 JUNE 2013: press release
SIPRI statement on President Obama's speech in Berlin
In his speech in Berlin today the United States President, Barack Obama, made a commitment to move towards the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of nuclear weapons. SIPRI welcomes the President’s statement. However, this is not the first time the President has made such a commitment, and it remains to be seen how Russia’s support will be secured.
3 JUNE 2013: press release
New SIPRI Yearbook out now
SIPRI today launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2013, which assesses the current state of international security, armaments and disarmament.
Key findings include:
- Alone among the five legally recognized nuclear weapon states, China expanded its nuclear arsenal in 2012;
- The number of personnel deployed with peace operations worldwide is falling rapidly, due to the withdrawal from Afghanistan;
- Progress towards a global ban on cluster munitions stalled in 2012.
15 apr. 2013: press release
New SIPRI data on military expenditure—world military spending falls, but China, Russia’s spending rises
World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2012, a fall of 0.5 per cent in real terms since 2011, according to figures released today by SIPRI.
The fall—the first since 1998—was driven by major spending cuts in the USA and Western and Central Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and Japan. The reductions were, however, substantially offset by increased spending in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America. China, the second largest spender in 2012, increased its expenditure by 7.8 per cent ($11.5 billion). Russia, the third largest spender, increased its expenditure by 16 per cent ($12.3 billion).
Read the full press release in English (online), and Swedish, French, Catalan and Spanish (PDF).
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18 Mar. 2013: press release
New SIPRI data on arms transfers: China replaces UK as world’s fifth largest arms exporter
China has become the fifth largest exporter of major conventional arms worldwide, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by SIPRI. This is the first time China has been in the top five arms exporters since the end of the cold war. Overall, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons grew by 17 per cent between 2003–2007 and 2008–12.
Read the press release in English (online) and Swedish, Catalan, French and Spanish (PDF).
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18 feb. 2013: press release
New SIPRI data: SIPRI Top 100 arms sales decreased in 2011
Sales of arms and military services by the largest arms-producing companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $410 billion in 2011 according to new data on international arms production released today by SIPRI.
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27 NOV. 2012: press release
New SIPRI report describes how China seeks to secure its economic interests in the Arctic
Aware of the suspicions some countries have about its intentions in the Arctic, China is adopting a deliberately low-key public stance that avoids talk about minerals, oil and gas and focuses on climate change and shipping routes.
Nevertheless, China is determined not to be sidelined in decisions that it believes will directly affect its economic interests, according to a report published today by SIPRI.
20 SEP. 2012: press release
SIPRI welcomes new Director
SIPRI is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Dr Tilman Brück as its new Director. Professor Brück will assume his post on 1 January 2013.
Tilman Brück is a development economist and an internationally renowned expert on the economics of peace, security and post-war reconstruction. He has published widely on the role of conflict and insecurity as barriers to development. Read the full press release.
Read Dr Brück's biography.
4 JUNE 2012: SIPRI YEARBOOK 2012
New SIPRI Yearbook
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2012, which assesses the current state of international security, armaments and disarmament.
Key findings include:
i) Upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 highlighted the changing character of contemporary armed conflict; ii) Major powers continued to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons, while pursuing weapon modernization programmes; iii) Peacekeeping operations in 2011 illustrated a growing acceptance of the concept of protection of civilians.
- Read the full press release.
- Download a summary of the yearbook.
- Watch the video with SIPRI Expert Neil Melvin on how the Arab spring redefines conflict.
10 MAy 2012: PRESS RELEASE
China defines itself as a 'near-Arctic state'
The new challenges and opportunities posed by increased access to the Arctic were discussed at a workshop in Beijing today entitled ‘Chinese and Nordic Cooperation on Arctic Developments’, organized by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS).
Read the press release here and watch the videos with Dr Yang Jian of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies; Senior Arctic Official, Ambassador Andreas von Uexküll, Sweden; and Finland's Arctic Ambassador, Hannu Halinen here.
17 Apr. 2012: data launch
New SIPRI data: world military spending levels out after 13 years of increases
World military expenditure in 2011 totalled $1.74 trillion, almost unchanged since 2010 in real terms, according to figures released today by SIPRI. Read the press release in full here.
For more information about the data and about the SIPRI Military Expenditure Project, go here.
26 Mar. 2012:Sipri publication
New SIPRI study on military capabilities in the Arctic region
The current build-up of military capabilities in the Arctic area by the five Arctic littoral states—Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States—is not necessarily cause for concern. The new SIPRI background paper by SIPRI Senior researcher Siemon Wezeman was launched today ahead of this week’s meeting of the Arctic Council in Stockholm. Read the press release here.
Read more about SIPRI's research on the Arctic region here
19 Mar. 2012:DATA LAUNCH
New SIPRI data: Rise in international arms transfers is driven by Asian demand
The volume of worldwide arms transfers in 2007–2011 was 24 per cent higher than in 2002–2006 and the five largest arms importers in 2007–2011 were all Asian states, according to new data on international arms transfers published today.
Read the press release in English, Swedish, French and Spanish, access the new data and download the report.
27 Feb. 2012: DATA LAUNCH
SIPRI Top 100 - new arms production data!
Sales of arms and military services by the largest arms-producing companies—the SIPRI Top 100—continued to increase in 2010 to reach $411.1 billion, according to new data on international arms production released today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).