- The 2013 data from the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study are now available from the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of IZA (http://idsc.iza.org/lik).
- Support materials from the conference (handouts, papers and slideshows) and other additional information are available at the conference website: www.likconference2015.org. UCA’s news item on the inaugural Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference can be found at the following webpage: http://www.ucentralasia.org/news.asp?Nid=941.
23-25 October 2015, Varberg, Sweden
SIPRI’s Suyoun Jang and Kate Sullivan observed the International Peace Forum and presented key takeways during the closing session. The three-day programme, hosted by Varberg municipality, featured a keynote address by 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, as well as a range of artistic performances and seminars.
Discussions on the conflicts in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, Mali and Syria complimented thematic analyses on topics like interreligious dialogue, sexual violence, Swedish weapons exports, women’s rights and corporate social responsibility. The forum promoted the exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge among politicians, activists, civil society organisations and students working toward peace.
The International Peace Forum is part of the year-long event series ‘VARBERG CALLING for Peace’ celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1915 General Peace Congress of Varberg. For more information (in Swedish), please visit:
Key takeaways from the International Peace Forum in Varberg (PDF).
21 October 2015, United Nations, New York
Event report (5 pages) by Tariq Rauf, SIPRI Programme Director, Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Event presentation by Ambassador Henrik Salander, Secretary-General of the WMDC, former Ambassador for Disarmament of Sweden.
Event presentation by Dr Irma Arguello, Founder and Chair of the Non-Proliferation for Global Security Foundation, Head of the Secretariat for the Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Network for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.
The original report of the Blix Commission.
Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow, September 2015
On 24 September, 2015 the Russian version of SIPRI Yearbook 2014 ‘Armaments, Disarmament and International Security’, including the Special Supplement compiled by experts of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO RAN) was presented at the Institute in Moscow.
Speaking at the opening of the presentation, the Head of the Center for International Security of IMEMO RAN, Alexey G. Arbatov conveyed the greetings and the high assessment of the joint project from the Director of IMEMO RAN, Alexander A. Dynkin.
Alexey G. Arbatov pointed out the traditionally high professional level and the wide range of expert topics covered in the SIPRI Yearbook 2014. He emphasized the particular importance of the joint SIPRI and IMEMO RAN project, which has been successfully running since 1993, in the context of the current worsening Russian-Western relations. This particular project, which also incorporates the Special Supplement prepared by highly qualified experts of IMEMO RAN, has become one of the most important channels for obtaining information and highly professional analyses on arms control and security issues for a large number of Russian scholars, government officials, politicians and journalists. In conclusion, Alexey G. Arbatov thanked the editors, authors and participants of the project and expressed gratitude to the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports of Switzerland for its continuing support of this work.
Director of the Center for Situation Analysis of the Russian Academy of Sciences, one of the initiators of the joint project and currently a member of the SIPRI Governing Board, Vladimir Baranovsky, reminded the audience that the SIPRI Yearbook extends back for more than forty years, and the joint project for more than twenty. He underlined the relevance of the translated edition of the Yearbook for a wide circle of experts and politicians in Russia. The IMEMO-SIPRI joint project is of special importance nowadays when tensions in the international arena have considerably increased.
Vladimir Baranovsky pointed to the clear message of the Yearbook that the world is facing serious challenges in the sphere of international security while witnessing the collapse of the previous long-term positive dynamics. The next SIPRI Yearbook, which was published recently, re-iterates this warning even more clearly: whether Europe is returning to a concept of security based on traditional forms of power politics has become a legitimate and widespread question. Vladimir Baranovsky emphasized that these worrisome trends as well as possible ways of overcoming them deserve special attention of analysts.
Scientific Editor of the Russian translation of the SIPRI Yearbook, Head of Sector at IMEMO RAN, Sergey K. Oznobishchev, outlined the traditionally high informative and analytical level of the Yearbook. ‘The Yearbook has long been an especially valuable and highly professional source of information for the widest circles of specialists and interested public in Russia’, he said. ‘The IMEMO Special Supplement presenting the assessments of the Institute’s leading experts adds value to the existing Yearbook content and enlarges the range of opinions and views on some of the most acute modern issues in international security and arms control’, Oznobishchev added.
The discussion featured Natalia I. Bubnova, Leading Researcher of the Center for International Security, IMEMO RAN; Efim L. Zhigun, Director of the Institute of Middle East Studies; Alexander N. Kalyadin, Chief Researcher of the Center for International Security, IMEMO RAN; Vladimir P. Kozin, Head of the Group of councilors, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies; Alexander I. Nikitin, Director of the Center for the Euro-Atlantic Security, MGIMO University; Vladimir I. Sazhin, Senior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Viktor I. Yesin, Leading Researcher of the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, General-Colonel (ret).
The speakers touched upon some of the most urgent challenges and threats, important aspects of possible developing perspectives for modernizing and strengthening international security, characteristics of the current state of relations in this sphere, and specific features of its study and analysis.
Stockholm, 12 October. SIPRI, together with the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR), present one of the most comprehensive reports on the Afghan private sector to date. Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the report is the product of a one-year field and desk research study of the status of the private sector in Afghanistan and its connection to issues of development and security.
The new report illustrates that the Afghan private sector has thus far failed to fulfil its potential as an engine of economic growth or an instrument of social inclusion. While there is a prospect of tapping this potential, the country’s economy is currently mostly deadlocked. A host of factors have undermined efforts by the Afghan Government and the international community to create a more conducive environment for the formal private sector. This is acutely evident in the many remaining obstacles to socioeconomic progress and to development of the private sector in particular.
To break the deadlock, bold economic reforms and new government partnership modalities with the private sector and the international community are needed. The report offers a comprehensive review of the Afghan private sector and concrete recommendations to the Afghan Government, national stakeholders and the international community on how to facilitate a more inclusive, productive and competitive Afghan private sector.
For the full details on the way forward, the research supporting it and the private sector’s larger historical and politico-economic context, download the complete report.
For a brief overview of the report’s findings and recommendations, download the 5 page Executive Summary.
For further inquiries, contact:
Richard Ghiasy, Project Manager, SIPRI
Henrik Hallgren, Programme Manager, NIR
Richard Ghiasy is a Researcher and Project Manager with SIPRI’s Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme. He is a former external analyst at the Afghan Embassy in Beijing. More recently, he was a Research Fellow at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) in Kabul. He holds an MPA in development studies from Tsinghua University.
Jiayi Zhou is a Research and Project Assistant with SIPRI’s Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme. Before joining SIPRI, she worked as a policy analyst on China–US nuclear relations for the US Air Force.
Henrik Hallgren is Programme Manager for the NIR and an analyst and writer on East European and Asian affairs. As a co-founder of the think tank Eurasia Forum, he is an adviser to government, civil society and the private sector on a wide range of economic and development-related issues.