October 2014 SIPRI Update out now

Posted by Editor at Oct 29, 2014 05:00 PM |

BRICS Business Council

Image: The inaugural BRICS Business Council meeting in Johannesburg on 20 August 2013 (Flickr/South African Government)

The SIPRI Update for October 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 Fantu Cheru on Africa and the changing development landscape. He writes:

The momentum for enhanced South–South tactical alliances has increased in the 21st century. For example, cooperation between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS countries) signifies their rising importance in the world economy. A proliferation of bilaterally-led South–South cooperation platforms has followed, with emerging powers seeking to bolster their economic relations with African countries. While access to Africa’s oil and other strategic resources was the initial motivating factor, these relationships have assumed additional dimensions to take advantage of Africa’s untapped markets, youthful populations and growing middle classes. The increased engagement of emerging powers in Africa has rung alarm bells among traditional Western partners.

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



In brief: SIPRI activities in October 2014

Posted by Editor at Oct 29, 2014 10:35 AM |
  • 3–6 Oct., Moscow
    SIPRI Programme Director Tariq Rauf participated in a round table discussion at the International School on Global Security for young specialists from the Commonwealth of Independent States. He also attended a meeting of the Advisory Board of the Russian Centre for Policy Studies (PIR Centre) in Moscow on Russia, the nuclear non-proliferation agenda and the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

  • 6 Oct., Geneva
    SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman gave a lecture at a course for officials from 16 countries on building capacities for effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. The course was organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Geneva Forum.

  • 13 Oct., Rome
    SIPRI Senior Researcher Dr Neil Melvin, Head of the Conflict and Peacebuilding in the Caucasus Project, participated in a round table discussion on Europe–Russia relations organized by the Italian Institute for International Political Studies and the Russian International Affairs Council. Dr Melvin's presentation was entitled 'The Arctic as a Zone for Cooperation: Challenges for Europe and Russia'.

  • 15 Oct., Helsinki
    SIPRI Senior Researcher Jaïr van der Lijn presented the preliminary findings from the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative at an event at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • 15 Oct., Brussels
    Dr Neil Melvin presented at a conference organized by the Europe Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) programme, in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union in Brussels, entitled 'Geopolitical changes in the neighborhood: what impact on Central Asia?' Dr Melvin gave a presentation on Central Asian security challenges.

  • 16 Oct., Uppsala
    Dr Neil Melvin gave a presentation entitled' The Caucasus as a regional war complex' at Uppsala University. In his presentation, Dr Melvin examined violence and conflict in the Caucasus through attention to the interlinkages across the region, including the actions of violent non-state actors and states. 

  • 20–24 Oct., Hanoi, Viet Nam
    At the invitation of the European Union (EU) delegation in Viet Nam, SIPRI Senior Researcher Mathieu Duchâtel gave lectures on the EU policy on maritime issues in East Asia at Ho Chi Minh Law University, the Vung Tau Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and Vietnam National University.

  • 20–21 Oct., Changsha, China
    SIPRI Researcher Oliver Bräuner gave a presentation on China–European Union (EU) security cooperation at a roundtable entitled Europe–China Relations: From Promises to Action, organized by the Friends of Europe and the China Public Diplomacy Association.

  • 21 Oct., The Hague
    SIPRI Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman gave a lecture on the arms trade at an event organzied by the Society for International Development and hosted by the Institute for Social Studies.

  • 23 Oct., Stockholm
    SIPRI and Economists for Peace and Security co-published a new post in the Economists on Conflict blog, 'The effect of firearm laws on firearm manufacturing location', by Jurgen Brauer, Daniel Montolia and Elisa Trujillo.

SIPRI signs Memorandum of Understanding with South Korean think tank

SIPRI signs Memorandum of Understanding with South Korean think tank

Posted by Editor at Oct 28, 2014 12:00 PM |

On 20 October SIPRI and the Korean Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Seoul, South Korea.

The MoU was signed by SIPRI Director Ian Anthony. Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, represented SIPRI at the signing ceremony, which was held in the presence of the KIET President, Dr Kim Do-hoon and the Director of the Defence Industry branch, Dr Jang.

The MoU will enable greater cooperation between SIPRI and KIET on arms industry issues, with specific coverage of North Asia and the Asia–Pacific region.

Dr Fleurant also presented the opening keynote address at a conference jointly hosted by KIET and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on the main trends shaping the global military political economy.

Read more about the DAPA–KIET conference or download a SIPRI report on South Korea's export control system.

for more information about the MoU.

SIPRI hosts lecture on the future of Afghanistan

Posted by Editor at Oct 27, 2014 12:00 PM |

Graciana Del Castillo On 24 October SIPRI hosted a lecture by Dr Graciana del Castillo, entitled 'From failed interventions to a new economic strategy for Afghanistan'.

Dr Castillo is an international expert on post-conflict reconstruction. Her presentation, which was timed to coincide with the launch of her new book, Guilty Party: The International Community in Afghanistan, questioned the sustainability of the international and foreign aid model implemented in Afghanistan, and focused on the major challenges still ahead for the new unity government.

While the international community has mostly focused on the security situation and political transition in Afghanistan, sustainable and inclusive economic development is an essential ingredient in the peace-building process, not only in Afghanistan, but also in other countries emerging from conflict.

The lecture was attended by representatives from aid agencies, Swedish organizations, and numerous foreign embassies, and was followed by a vigorous and fruitful discussion.

For more information . Read more about SIPRI's research on Afghanistan.

SIPRI experts participate in online Security Jam

Posted by Editor at Oct 21, 2014 09:00 AM |

2014 Security Jam logoOn 14–16 October 2014 four SIPRI experts participated in the Security Jam: Brainstorming Global Security organized by the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA).

The Jam consisted 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.

SIPRI hosted the forum on the European Union as a global security broker.

Input from SIPRI was provided by 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.

The final report from the Security Jam will be available shortly.

Contact Stephanie Blenckner for more information.