July–August 2014 SIPRI Update out now!

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Helsinki Cathedral was originally built as a tribute to Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia. Until the independence of Finland in 1917 it was called St. Nicholas’ Church. Credit: Flickr/Debarshi Ray.

The SIPRI Update for July–August 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 Lars–Erik Lundin on the need to return to a basic level of trust in relations between Russia and the West. He writes:

The basis for a constructive discourse between Russia and the West has been fundamentally undermined in recent years. The five-day conflict in 2008 over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia was a major setback in this regard. The attempt by the Obama administration to reset relations in the following year proved to be unsuccessful. Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in early 2014, in violation of the principle of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act —according to which borders can only be changed through peaceful agreement—further aggravated the situation.

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


SIPRI–EPS blog update

Posted by Editor at Aug 29, 2014 11:06 AM |
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Economists on Conflict is a group blog discussing issues that are pressing and relevant to the policy, practice and theory of economics and development in conflict and crisis-affected contexts. Co-hosted by SIPRI and Economists for Peace and Security (EPS), the blog aims to promote global discussion and shared learning on economic aspects of peace and security.

Four new posts have been published on the EPS blog this summer. First, in Heated debates but no consensus on climate change and violent conflict, Michael Brzoska argues that a recently published report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gives mixed messages on climate change.

Second, in Voting under the gun: elections and conflict around the world, Thomas Flores explores the idea that elections and violence seem inextricably connected.

Third, in Is terrorism an effective tool for obtaining territorial concessions?, Estaban Klor states that, while we have a good understanding of the determinants behind terror campaigns, very little attention has been paid to the question of whether terrorism is an effective strategy for coercing the targeted country to grant political and territorial concessions.

Finally, in When money isn’t enough to buy peace, SIPRI Researcher Neil Ferguson argues that his life as an economist would be much easier if he had the ability to observe an infinite number of parallel universes.

The first 20 posts in this blog series were published in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) through its International Network on Economics and Conflict (INEC).

For more information about the blog contact (EPS).

In brief: SIPRI activities in July–August 2014

Posted by Editor at Aug 29, 2014 10:35 AM |
  • 25 Aug., Stockholm
    SIPRI Director Ian Anthony met with a visiting delegation from the Netherlands at the Swedish Parliament as part of the Programme for the visit by the President of the Senate, H. E. Ankie Broekers-Knol, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, H. E. Anouchka van Miltenburg, of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

  • 23–28 Aug., Alpbach, Austria
    Tariq Rauf, Director of SIPRI's Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, chaired a session on nuclear futures and non-proliferation at the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium Workshop on Nuclear Energy Futures.

  • 21 Aug., Odessa, Ukraine
    SIPRI Researcher Lina Grip gave a lecture on the emergence of a common European Union strategy on weapons of mass destruction at the Odessa Summer School on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security. The summer school was organized by Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University (ONU), the Global Information and Research Center at ONU and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

  • 4 Aug., Stockholm
    A post entitled 'When money isn’t enough to buy peace' by SIPRI Researcher Neil Ferguson appeared on Economists on Conflict, a group blog co-hosted by SIPRI and Economists for Peace and Security.

  • 6–11 July, Mexico City
    Tariq Rauf gave a number of presentations on non-proliferation issues at a Summer School for Latin American Diplomats organized by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Diplomatic Academy.

  • 2 July, Visby, Sweden
    SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman spoke at the security policy venue of the annual Almedalen week, discussing the impact of the Arms Trade Treaty during a seminar organized by Amnesty International.

  • 1–2 July, Yerevan, Armenia
    SIPRI Senior Researcher Jaïr van der Lijn spoke about SIPRI's New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative at the International Strategic Policy Forum on the integration of national and regional peacekeeping capacities within the global system of peace operations. 

  • 28 June–5 July, Monterey, California
    Tariq Rauf gave a number of presentations on non-proliferation issues at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Summer School.

SIPRI experts to participate in 2014 Security Jam

Posted by Editor at Aug 29, 2014 10:32 AM |

The 2014 Security Jam: Brainstorming Global Security will take place on 14–16 October.

Organized by the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA), a Brussels-based security and defence think tank, the Jam will consist of six thematic forums: the new global balance; the European Union as a global security broker; the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2025; cyber-security and cyber-defence; Ukraine and Russia; and Syria.

According to the organizers:

The Security Jam focuses the brain power of thousands of experts around the world on key security
issues. Over 54 hours and across 6 discussions forums, participants will login to a state-of-the-art online collaboration platform to discuss topics as diverse as strategic partnerships, crisis management, future capabilities and cyber-security. Experts from leading think-tanks around the world will moderate the discussions to produce top recommendations.
As part of this year's Jam, SIPRI will host the forum on the European Union as a global security broker. Four SIPRI experts will participate in the forum:
  • Lars-Erik Lundin, a Distinguished Associate Fellow with the SIPRI European Security Programme;
  • Dr Neil Melvin, Head of SIPRI's Peacebuilding in the Caucasus Project;
  • Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, who leads SIPRI's work on peace operations and conflict management; and
  • Dr Ian Anthony, SIPRI Director and Director of the SIPRI European Security Programme.

Registration for the Security Jam opens on 1 September. for more information.

SIPRI co-hosts summer school on labour markets

Posted by Editor at Aug 28, 2014 02:20 PM |


From 13–25 July SIPRI and the University of Central Asia's Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) conducted a summer school on 'Labor Markets in Central Asia' in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.

The summer school was a part of the 'Gender and Employment in Central Asia' research project, which is funded by the IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (GLM | LIC).

Twenty participants from Central Asia representing universities, research and government institutions studied the basics of labour economics, discussed acute labour market issues in Central Asia and beyond, and were introduced to research and policy analysis methods.

The content of the course included basic labour economics theory, related topics such as education, migration, social safety and economic policies, combined with statistical and econometric methods and micro-data exercises. Sessions included lectures, class discussions, group works and data analysis exercises.

The key lectures were delivered by Professor Kathryn Anderson from Vanderbilt University, Professor Armando Barrientos from Manchester University, Professor Tilman Brück from SIPRI, Professor Alisher Aldashev from Kazakh-British Technical University, Akylai Muktarbek from the American University of Central Asia and Dr Roman Mogilevskii from the University of Central Asia. 

For more information about the summer school .