Press releases

LATEST press release

21 Aug. 2014: SIPRI welcomes new Governing Board Chairman

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

Continue reading >>
16 JUNE 2014: press release

SIPRI nuclear forces data launch

SIPRI today launches its annual nuclear forces data, which assesses the current trends and developments in world nuclear arsenals. The data shows that while the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decline, none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.

Read the press release.

13 May 2014: press release

Changes in leadership at SIPRI

The Governing Board of SIPRI and Professor Tilman Brück have agreed that Professor Brück will leave his position as Director of SIPRI as of 30 June 2014. Professor Brück will serve SIPRI as a Distinguished Senior Fellow to continue his work on the economics of security and development. Göran Lennmarker, Chairman of SIPRI’s Governing Board, announced his resignation from the SIPRI Governing Board.

Read the press release.

14 apr. 2014: press release

SIPRI military expenditure data launch

World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 per cent in real terms since 2012, according to figures released today by SIPRI. The fall in the global total comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, and despite increases in all other regions.

Read the press release.

17 Mar. 2014: press release

SIPRI arms transfers data launch

India’s arms imports are now almost 3 times as high as those of the second and third largest arms importers—China and Pakistan—according to new data on international arms transfers published today by SIPRI. Overall, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons grew by 14 per cent between 2004–08 and 2009–13.

Read the press release.

31 Jan. 2014: press release

SIPRI Top 100 data launch

Arms sales by the world's largest arms-producing and military services companies (the 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.

Read the press release.

8 Oct. 2013: press release

The need for a civilian entry strategy in Afghanistan

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 SIPRI presented today at a meeting of donors and civil society representatives in Kabul.

Read the press release.

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.

Read the press release.

 

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. Yearbook 2013 cover

Key findings include:

  1. Alone among the five legally recognized nuclear weapon states, China expanded its nuclear arsenal in 2012;
  2. The number of personnel deployed with peace operations worldwide is falling rapidly, due to the withdrawal from Afghanistan;
  3. Progress towards a global ban on cluster munitions stalled in 2012. 

Read the press release in English (online), Swedish, Catalan and Spanish (PDF).

 

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 SwedishFrenchCatalan and Spanish (PDF).

Download the Fact Sheet.


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).

Download the Fact Sheet
.

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.

Read the press release in English (online), Catalan, French, Spanish and Swedish (PDF).

Access the SIPRI Top 100 table.

27 NOV. 2012: press release

New SIPRI report describes how China seeks to secure its economic interests in the Arctic

PP3480x120.pngAware 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.


Download the report.

 

20 SEP. 2012: press release

SIPRI welcomes new Director

brueck130x100.jpg

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

yb12_80x120.jpgStockholm 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.

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

arcticmap140

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).

 

Read the press release here and access the Top 100 data here.

  

SIPRI in the media
SIPRI Yearbook data launches 2014

31 Jan. 2014:
 Top 100 arms-producing companies for 2012. Read the press release or access the Top 100 list.

17 Mar. 2014: International arms transfers data for 2013. Read the press release or download the Fact Sheet.

14 Apr. 2014: World military expenditure data for 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.

SIPRI's global reach

In 2013, SIPRI was cited in approximately 20 000 media outlets, reaching a potential audience of more than
100 million people in over 130 countries.
 
Download a two-page information sheet (PDF) summarizing SIPRI's communications and outreach activities in 2013.