SIPRI co-sponsors roundtable discussion on China–Japan relations and crisis management in the East China Sea

SIPRI co-sponsors roundtable discussion on China–Japan relations and crisis management in the East China Sea

Posted by hedda at Apr 14, 2015 10:15 AM |

On 31 March, SIPRI and the Charhar Institute co-sponsored a roundtable discussion in Beijing. The discussion focused on the relations between China and Japan, and specifically on the need for a crisis management mechanism to help improve the East Asian maritime security relations.

Dr Mathieu Duchâtel, Head of SIPRI's China and Global Security Project, took part and discussed the plan to establish a maritime communications hotline between China and Japan. 

The event was covered by Chinese media and Channel News Asia (Singapore) did an interview after the discussion. 

SIPRI hosts workshop on the successful outcome of the 2015 NPT Review Conference

SIPRI hosts workshop on the successful outcome of the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Posted by hedda at Apr 13, 2015 03:28 PM |

On 1 April 2015 SIPRI, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Permanent Representation of Sweden to International Organizations in Vienna, held a workshop on promoting a successful outcome of the 2015 NPT Review Conference at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

The aim of the capacity-building workshop, organized by Tariq Rauf, Director of SIPRI’s Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, was to brief and work with diplomats accredited to the IAEA and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). The focus was on safeguards, safety, peaceful uses of nuclear energy and disarmament.

Read our partner CTBTO's reporting on the event

February 2015 SIPRI Update out now

Posted by Editor at Feb 28, 2015 12:10 PM |

The February 2015 SIPRI Update 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 Oliver Bräuner and Daha Park on how non-interference limits China's role in the fight against Islamic State. They write:

The rapid advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has caught China, and the rest of the international community, by surprise. With massive Chinese investments in Iraq’s energy sector and a sizeable community of Chinese workers, the conflict represents a challenge to China’s traditional non-interference policy.

Will China be forced to become more active in the fight against ISIS to protect its citizens and economic interests in Iraq? And will this provide new opportunities for China and European Union (EU) member states to identify common interests and cooperate on matters of global security?

Read the full essay online or browse the full list of SIPRI Essays from 2009 to 2015.

In brief: SIPRI activities in February 2015

Posted by hedda at Feb 27, 2015 12:00 AM |
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  • 4 Feb., Stockholm
    SIPRI’s Security and Development Programme published a report (PDF) summarizing the November 2014 SIPRI–Swedish Red Cross workshop on violence against healthcare workers. 


  •  4 Feb., Stockholm
    SIPRI hosted a lecture by Dr Joseph F. Pilat, Program Manager in the National Security Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory, on the future of President Obama’s ‘Prague Vision’. Dr Pilat reviewed issues that will be highlighted at the upcoming nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, including the humanitarian impact of nuclear explosions.


  • 11 Feb., Stockholm
    SIPRI and the Embassy of Japan in Sweden hosted a lecture by Professor Shinichi Kitaoka, President of International University of Japan, on Japan's security policy in the era of new geopolitics. Professor Kitaoka explained how Japan, under the Abe administration, has sought to cope with changes in the international security environment and find common ground with states in Western Europe.


  • 11 Feb., Paris
    Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended a conference entitled ‘La rupture stratégique’ (strategic disruption), organized by the Institute for Strategic Research of the French Ministry of Defence (IRSEM).  Fleurant gave a presentation on the possible economic drivers of strategic disruption.


  • 13 Feb., Paris
    Mark Bromley, Co-Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme, and Dr Aude Fleurant took part in a seminar organized by the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London and the Institute for Strategic Research of the French Ministry of Defence (IRSEM). The subject of the seminar was major trends in arms production and transfers in times of austerity, with a focus on challenges for France and the United Kingdom. Bromley presented a paper on recent trends in British arms transfers and arms export policies.


  • 16 Feb., Brussels
    SIRPI Researcher Ekaterina Klimenko participated in a workshop on Arctic security organized by the European Union Institute for Strategic Studies. She gave a presentation on hard security and military developments in the Arctic, with a focus on Russia.


  • 23 Feb., London
    Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman, Head of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Project, attended the 2015 Chatham House Security and Defence conference with the theme of  ‘Rising powers and the future of defence cooperation’. Perlo-Freeman was one of the speakers for the overview session, responding to the question ‘To what extent have recent conflicts, disruptive technologies and the global financial crisis changed the size and allocation of defence budgets?’.


  • 23 Feb., online
    SIPRI Researcher Lina Grip discusses the importing, impact and control of small arms in Africa in the latest issue of Contemporary Security Policy




Final report from SIPRI’s New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative now online

Posted by hedda at Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM |

On 18 February 2015 the findings of the final report from SIPRI’s New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative were launched at an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The report, The Future Peace Operations Landscape: Voices from stakeholders around the globe,
by SIPRI Senior Researcher Jaïr van der Lijn and SIPRI Researcher Xenia Avezov, is informed by a series of regional dialogue meetings and dozens of interviews with regional stakeholders. It examines regional perspectives on security issues and conflict-management approaches, and questions relating to the motives, financing and capacities of current UN peace operations.

At a time when the character of conflicts appears to be changing and the power balance between emerging and non-traditional powers is shifting, the report takes stock of changes in the global security landscape and their implications for future peace operations, and argues that the success of future peace operations will depend on managing expectations, allocating resources and balancing states’ contributions.

The launch event included a panel featuring Edmond Mulet (UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations), Youssef Mahmoud (Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, and a member of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations), Janne Taalas (Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN), Michèle Auga (Executive Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s New York office), and SIPRI's Jaïr van der Lijn

Read the full press release. The final report from SIPRI’s New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative is now available for download via the SIPRI website. For more information about the report please .