SIPRI hosts specialist event on the role of OSCE field missions

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Burkhard imageOn 26 November 2014 SIPRI hosted a specialist discussion on the role of field missions undertaken by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The event was timed to coincide with the visit to Stockholm of Ambassador Peter Burkhard, Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia.

The OSCE currently supports 17 field operations in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. 

Issues discussed included the potential role the OSCE can play in security environments which show worrying signs of deterioration; and the ways in which the OSCE can contribute to reducing tensions, resolving conflicts and building peace and security in and for Europe through its field presence.

Special emphasis was placed on how the role of individual OSCE field missions may evolve and adapt in local conditions, and on field missions' possible contributions to stability.

Contact for further questions or read more about SIPRI's research on the OSCE.


In brief: SIPRI activities in November 2014

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  • 3–5 Nov., London
    Dr Sibylle Bauer, Director of SIPRI's Dual-use and Arms Trade Controls Programme, attended the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union's International Parliamentary Seminar on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), participating in a panel discussion on the role of parliament in reporting on and monitoring the ATT.

  • 3–4 Nov., Brussels
    The European Union Non-Proliferation Consortium (EUNPC), of which SIPRI is a member, held its annual seminar devoted to EU non-proliferation and disarmament policies. SIPRI Senior Researcher John Hart chaired a session on advances in biotechnology and chemistry, and SIPRI Researcher Lina Grip commented on the implementation of the EU's small arms and light weapons strategy in the light of the Arms Trade Treaty.

  • 4 Nov., Canberra
    A policy brief, 'Cyber threats and nuclear dangers', co-authored by SIPRI Researcher Vincent Boulanin and Tanya Ogilvie White, was published by the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament at the Australian National University.

  • 5–6 Nov., London
    Dr Sibylle Bauer attended an event held to mark the 10th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Bauer gave a paper on export controls and intangible technology transfers.

  • 5–7 Nov., Aalborg, Denmark
    SIPRI Researcher Ekaterina Klimenko participated in a workshop, 'The Arctic Nexus in Asia–Nordic relations'. Klimenko gave a presentation entitled 'Russia’s energy and shipping routes: possibilities and limitations of cooperation with China'.

  • 6 Nov., Grenoble
    SIPRI Researcher Vincent Boulanin presented a paper at a symposium on the future of the European defence industry co-organized by the University Pierre Mendes France and ENSTA Bretange. Boulanin's paper was entitled: 'Security, a future for the defence industry ?'.

  • 12 Nov., Luleå, Sweden  
    SIPRI Researcher Ekaterina Klimenko participated in a conference on security, climate change and scarce resources organized by Folk och Försvar (Society and Defence) and Luleå Technical University, giving a presentation entitled 'The Arctic: struggle for regional resources and influence?'.

  • 13 Nov., Seoul
    SIPRI Senior Researcher Jaïr van der Lijn participated in the Seoul Conference on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. He presented a paper on strategic and operational challenges in multilateral peace operations.

  • 13 Nov., Stockholm
    SIPRI Researcher Ekaterina Klimenko  gave a presentation at the one-day course 'Where is Russia heading?' organized by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). The aim of the course was to look at recent trends in Russia’s political developments, its economic future, the situation with the media and pubic opinion. Klimenko spoke about Russia’s Arctic strategy and the consequences of the crisis in Ukraine for Russia’s Arctic development.

  • 14 Nov., Geneva
    SIPRI Researcher Lina Grip presented the findings of a recent report by SIPRI and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) on the developmental and humanitarian impact of anti-vehicle mines (PDF) at the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention of Certain Conventional Weapons.
  • 27 Nov., Berlin

    SIPRI Senior Researcher Jaïr van der Lijn participated in a breakfast meeting with members of parliament from the German Social Democratic Party. Together with Marius Müller-Hennig from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), van der Lijn presented the latest FES Perspective publication, which focuses on the core challenges emerging from SIPRI's New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative.


SIPRI hosts briefing by Armenian Foreign Minister

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Armenian Foreign Minister briefingOn 25 November 2014 SIPRI hosted a briefing by the Armenian Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, on security challenges in the South Caucasus.

Minister Nalbandian holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR National Academy of Sciences. Prior to his appointment as Armenian Foreign Minister in 2008, he was the Armenian Ambassador to France, Israel, the Holy See and Andorra, as well as to Egypt, Morocco, and Oman.

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the May 1994 ceasefire, which ended the armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh. The final peace agreement, however, has yet to be established. Furthermore, recent escalation of tension on the Line of Contact between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh and on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan has shown that the situation is volatile.

During the briefing Minister Nalbandian discussed recent developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks as well as the security challenges facing Armenia. Read a press release about the briefing on the website of the Armenian Foreign Ministry.

The briefing was attended by Swedish Government representatives, members of the Stockholm diplomatic community, researchers and academics, and members of the interested public.

For more information about the event contact SIPRI Communications Director .


SIPRI and Stockholm University hold seminar on media and politics

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SIPRI-SU media seminarOn 24 November 2014 SIPRI and Stockholm University held a seminar entitled 'Media in a political context: watchdog or propaganda instrument?' at the Filmhuset (Film House) in Stockholm.

Participants in the seminar discussed media coverage during conflict, its perceived role and responsibilities, and the challenges that the global media landscape, the public and governments pose to independent reporting.

The first session, 'The media and broadcast responsibility in a sensitive security environment', was chaired by SIPRI Director Dr Ian Anthony and featured Alexa Robertson (Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University) and Dr Oleksiy Melnyk (Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Studies, Kiev).

The second session, 'Professional standards in news and current affairs journalism', was chaired by Anders Mellbourn from the Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University, and featured Mary Dejevsky (journalist with the Independent) and Aidan White (Ethical Journalism Network).

For more information about the event contact SIPRI Communications Director .


SIPRI and Swedish Red Cross host event on violence against healthcare workers

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SIPRI and Swedish Red Cross event imageOn 11 November 2014 SIPRI and the Swedish Red Cross co-hosted a technical workshop on violence against health workers.

Complex security environments are beset by violence, armed conflict, extreme poverty and a lack of governance. While reliable access to healthcare is most needed in these settings, targeted violence against healthcare workers threatens its delivery.

Workshop participants discussed challenges in collecting data on the scope, nature, drivers and impacts of violence against health workers and how to effectively use this data for timely action.

Speakers included Pieter-Jan van Eggermont (Médecins Sans Frontières Sweden), Larissa Fast (Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies), Valerie Houtez (International Committee of the Red Cross), Kathleen Ryou (Humanitarian Outcomes) and Eva Svoboda (Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute).

The workshop was made possible in part through a grant from the British Economic and Social Research Council, with additional support from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Download the workshop programme and discussion paper or read the latest SIPRI Background Paper by Rachel Irwin, 'Violence against healthcare workers in complex security environments'.

For more information about the workshop contact Rachel Irwin.