- 27 Feb., Malmö
Kristofer Bergh gave a lecture for the Malmö Association of Foreign Affairs on the security and geopolitics of the Arctic. The lecture was attended by approximately 30 students from Malmö University. Read more about the lecture.
- 25 Feb., Tokyo
Sibylle Bauer gave a presentation at the 20th annual Asian Export Control Seminar entitled 'Internalization of international regimes and United Nations Security Council resolutions: controls lists'. The conference included participants from around 30 countries, as well as from international organizations and research institutes. It was organized by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Centre for Information on Security Trade Control (CISTEC).
- 20–21 Feb., Münster
Sibylle Bauer participated in the annual Export Control Conference organized by the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) and the Centre for Foreign Trade Law at the University of Münster. The theme of this year's meeting was the limits and goals of export controls. SIPRI Director Tilman Brück also gave a presentation on the costs of war at the event, which was attended by many German exporters of arms and dual-use items as well as the different German agencies and ministries involved in export controls.
- 19 Feb., Stockholm and Washington, DC
SIPRI, Economists for Peace and Security (EPS) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) co-published a blog post on future developments in research on the economics of violent conflict, by Patricia Justino.
- 18 Feb., Stockholm
Neil Melvin briefed Sweden's Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, on emerging Russian and Chinese relations in the Arctic at a meeting of Sweden's strategiska rådet (Strategic Council), a forum for strategic discussions between policymakers and experts on key emerging foreign and security policy issues.
- 18 Feb., Brussels
Sibylle Bauer and Pieter Wezeman participated in a round table seminar organized by the Flemish Peace Institute and Transparency International, on the subject of parliamentary control of security and defence policy in Belgium. The round table featured discussions with researchers on methodological questions, and with Belgian parliamentarians on parliamentary scrutiny of arms procurement and arms exports.
- 11–13 Feb., Nairobi
Gary Milante convened a Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Inclusive Development research workshop with national stakeholders and partners including The Hague Institute, Africa Research Network, Peacenet, and the Africa Centre for Security and Strategic Studies. Over 40 participants joined the workshop to comment on the new research project as well as suggest ways forward for stakeholder consultations, interviews and case studies on the SSR process in Kenya. Read more about the workshop.
- 13 Feb., Warsaw
John Hart attended the fifth and final Chemical Munitions Search and Assessment (CHEMSEA) project meeting. The CHEMSEA project was a three-year, European Union-funded scientific investigation of dumped chemical munitions in the Baltic Sea. SIPRI was an associated partner for this project.
- 5 Feb., Stockholm and Washington, DC
SIPRI, Economists for Peace and Security (EPS) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) co-published the second installment in a two-part blog post on the governance of natural resources in hybrid political orders, by Gilles Carbonnier and Lara Atanasijevic.
- 1 Feb., Stockholm
The European Union Non-Proliferation Consortium, of which SIPRI is a member, published a Discussion Paper by Mark Bromley and Paul Holtom, entitled 'Arms Trade Treaty assistance: identifying a role for the European Union' (PDF).
Image: IAEA inspectors' findings in Iraq: bottles of specialized oil used in centrifuges for seperating high-grade uranium from natural uranium (IAEA/Action Team 1991-1998)
The SIPRI Update for February 2014 is out now—, or subscribe to receive the SIPRI Update in your inbox each month.
In this issue we present an essay by Tariq Rauf on the role of safeguards in a nuclear weapon-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East. He writes:
The process for establishing a NWFZ in the Middle East will not be easy, but the experience of other regions with such zones suggests that political will and leadership are crucial. If further proliferation is to be prevented in the Middle East, and regional security enhanced, now is the time to convene the conference mandated by the 2010 NPT Review Conference.
or browse the full list of SIPRI Essays from 2009 to 2013.
On 20 February in Bamako, Mali, SIPRI and its Malian partner organization, Conascipal, held a consultative round table meeting with government representatives and civil society groups about the causes of the political and security situation in Mali, and the challenges involved in building peace in the country.
The opening of the round table was presided over by the Secretary General of the Ministry for National Reconciliation and Development of Northern Mali (Ministère de la Réconciliation Nationale et du Développement des Régions du Nord Mali), Mr Mamadou Sogoba.
Conascipal's President, Dr Mariam Maiga, and SIPRI's Deputy Director, Jakob Hallgren, gave introductory remarks. SIPRI Researcher Gaudence Nyirabikali introduced one of the round table sessions, and SIPRI Researcher Helen Wilandh also participated.
In addition, Sweden's Ambassador to Mali, Eva Emnéus, participated in the event, as did Mme Zeina Moulaye from the Ministry for National Reconciliation.
The consultative round table, which was held as part of SIPRI's Mali Civil Society and Peacebuilding Project, complemented the preliminary findings from field research conducted by researchers from the member organizations of Conascipal in three regions in northern Mali—Gao, Kidal and Tombouctou—as well as in Bamako, during December 2013.
The round table was also part of a process which seeks to gain further insights into the political and security crisis in Mali, by inviting participants to share their views on its causes, its manifestations and possible solutions and their perspectives on the role civil society can play in peacebuilding in Mali.
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On 30 January SIPRI researchers Damir Esenaliev and Anastasia Aladysheva travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan, to collect data as part of an impact evaluation of a peacebuilding educational programme.
The evaluation is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Central Asia and is funded by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).
The peacebuilding training programme—which is jointly implemented by two non-governmental organizations, Legacy International and Center Interbilim—aims to foster ethnic tolerance, resolve conflicts and promote inter-ethnic cooperation among schoolchildren between the ages of 15 and 18 in public schools across southern Kyrgyzstan.
The research carried out in Osh sought to evaluate whether the programme leads to changes in the attitudes and conduct of young people, and whether the behaviour of their families changes as a result, estimating the magnitude of the impact, if any.
As the first step in the evaluation the researchers held focus group discussions with 20 teachers involved in delivering peace training to young people. Their answers will help to provide an understanding of the local context and indicate whether the programme has the potential to make positive changes in people’s perceptions of and behaviours towards other groups.
On 6 February SIPRI's Deputy Director, Jakob Hallgren, gave the first in a series of three lectures by SIPRI staff scheduled for 2014 at the Folkuniversitetet ('people's university') in Stockholm.
Hallgren gave an overview of SIPRI, its mandate and research areas, including some remarks on factors that characterize and contribute to successful peacebuilding.
The three lectures are a part of SIPRI's contribution to the celebration of 200 years of peace in Sweden. As the initiative to establish SIPRI was taken in 1964—after 150 years of Swedish peace—SIPRI sees the lecture series as an opportunity to reach out to the Swedish public and share examples of its research.
The second lecture, on 20 March, will be given by SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman, and will focus on international arms transfers. The third lecture, on 24 April, will be delivered by SIPRI Researcher Vincent Boulanin, who will discuss cybersecurity issues.
Entry to each of the lectures is free—follow the links above to register or contact the Folkuniversitetet directly.