In brief: SIPRI activities in December 2014

Posted by Editor at Dec 15, 2014 12:00 AM |
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  • 2 Dec., Stockholm
    SIPRI hosted a lecture on China's protection of its overseas interests by Dr Mathieu Duchâtel, Head of SIPRI’s China and Global Security Project. Dr Duchâtel discussed how China’s protection of its nationals overseas has influenced Chinese foreign policy.

  • 2–3 Dec., Prague
    Tariq Rauf
    , Director of SIPRI’s Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Programme, gave a presentation on the 2015 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference as part of a roundtable on mid-term perspectives for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation at the International Luxembourg Forum hosted by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prague Institute of International Relations and Prague Metropolitan University.

  • 8–9 Dec., Taipei
    SIPRI Researcher Oliver Bräuner attended the 31st Taiwan–Europe Conference, hosted by the Institute of International Relations of the National Chengchi University, participating in a panel on East Asian regional security.

  • 11–15 Dec., Wilton Park, United Kingdom
    Tariq Rauf was the chair and rapporteur for a session on bridging the disarmament divide at the Conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Preparing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference, hosted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

SIPRI Governing Board member appointed chair of OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons

Posted by Editor at Dec 12, 2014 12:00 AM |

ischinger130x100.jpgSIPRI Governing Board member Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger has been appointed as the chair of an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Panel of Eminent Persons on 'European Security as a Common Project'.

Ambassador Ischinger's appointment was announced on 4 December 2014 at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel.

In a press release, the OSCE stated that 'the Panel will support efforts by the OSCE and participating states and make suggestions on how to further strengthen trust throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian regions and to build a more resilient system of European security, building on the Helsinki and Paris documents within the next 12 months'.

The Panel is expected to produce an interim report and a final report by the end of 2015.

Ambassador Ischinger will chair the Panel on a voluntary basis, and will remain the chairman of the Munich Security Conference.

SIPRI launches field research report in Mali

Posted by Editor at Dec 12, 2014 12:00 AM |
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SIPRI–CONASCIPAL seminar December 2014


On 4 December 2014 SIPRI and its partner organization in Mali, CONASCIPAL, hosted a one-day event in Bamako to launch a new research report compiled as part of SIPRI’s Mali Civil Society and Peacebulding Project. The state of the peace process in Mali and the roles civil society could play in the consolidation of peace were also discussed.

Field research for the report was conducted in the Gao, Kidal, Tombouctou regios, and in the district of Bamako. The report, which is a major comprehensive study, describes the conflicts in Mali from an ‘on-the-ground’ perspective, covering the conflicts’ causes and relations between and within communities. The report makes concrete, grassroots-based suggestions on pathways to a durable peace in Mali.

Participants at the launch event included the Chief of Mission from the Malian Ministry of Interior and Security, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Reconciliation and the Development of Northern Regions of Mali, and the special advisor on social and political dialogue from the Economic Community of West African States.  

The launch seminar was covered in the local media (in French), on the national television station ORTM and the private television channel AFRICABLE.

The report will shortly be available on CONASICPAL's website.

SIPRI’s Mali Civil Society and Peacebuilding Project is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Contact Communications Director at SIPRI, for further information.



November 2014 SIPRI Update out now

Posted by Editor at Nov 29, 2014 12:00 AM |

Image: World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim (left) and other officials during a October 2014 meeting with the g7+ states.

The SIPRI Update for November 2014 is out now—read it online, or subscribe to receive the SIPRI Update in your inbox each month.

In this issue we present an essay by Gary Milante and Suyoun Jang on reframing the language of development in difficult places. They write:

In 2014, at the inaugural Stockholm Forum on Security and Development, East Timorese Finance Minister Emilia Pires reflected on the word ‘fragile’, noting that many beautiful things, like crystal, are fragile, and that the term should be reclaimed by fragile states that require special care but are precious in their own way. While it is important for fragile and conflict-affected states to construct their own development paths, it is also time for the international community to move beyond the word ‘fragility’ when describing how development works in difficult places. The term ‘complexity’ is more useful as it more accurately reflects the development challenge in fragile countries.

Read the full essay online or browse the full list of SIPRI Essays from 2009 to 2014.

SIPRI hosts specialist event on the role of OSCE field missions

Posted by Editor at Nov 28, 2014 12:00 AM |
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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.