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Rethinking the concept of 'protection of civilians'

by Jaïr van der Lijn
In November 2013 the United Nations Secretary-General is expected to release his next report on the protection of civilians (POC) in armed conflict. With the ongoing debates in anticipation of the report, and as the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide approaches, now is the time to reflect on what the concept of POC has achieved so far, and how its implementation needs to be adjusted.

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SIPRI investigation into North Korean smuggling published online

by Hugh Griffiths and Roope Siiritola
A ground-breaking SIPRI investigation of a North Korean ship involved in violating United Nations arms embargoes has been published by the online portal 38 North. Elements of SIPRI's analysis have been picked up by outlets including the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

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The challenges ahead for Iran's new President

Expert Comment by SIPRI Senior Researcher Bruce Koepke
The election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as the seventh president of the Islamic Republic of Iran confirmed both the unpredictability and the enduring adaptability of Iran’s political landscape.

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SIPRI Yearbook 2013 now available

Summary translations also online
The 44th edition of the SIPRI Yearbook includes coverage of developments during 2012 in armed conflict, peace operations and conflict management, military expenditure, international arms transfers, world nuclear forces and much more.
Download the full contents list (PDF) or a summary (now in Dutch, English and French).

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21–22 November 2013, University of California Berkeley (please note change of date)

The deadline for the 9th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network, 'The Economics of Genocide, Mass Murder and other Atrocities', is fast approaching. The organizers invite empirical papers that increase our understanding of the phenomenon of genocide and mass murder. Political economy and theoretical contributions will also be considered.

Papers should be sent to before 1 September 2013.

SIPRI Director Tilman Brück has been appointed as a member of the International Advisory Council of the Institute for Economics and Peace.


Programme Director: macro-economics of security
SIPRI seeks a Programme Director to establish a new research programme on the macro-economics of security and development.

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Programme Director: arms control, disarmement and non-proliferation
SIPRI seeks a Programme Director to lead its Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation Programme.

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>> Papers from SIPRI symposium published in Chinese journal

>> SIPRI Yearbook 2012 in Russian

>> SIPRI Director co-authors conflict sourcebook

>> SIPRI Expert Comment on North Korea's barter trade

>> USIP and SIPRI co-host new blog on economics and security

>> SIPRI researcher co-edits journal issue on peacekeeping

More SIPRI activities

>> Hugh Griffiths spoke to Radio France International on reports of North Korean arms aboard Libyan-flagged ships destined for Syria. He was also interviewed by German television channel ARD 1 on recent arms supplies to the Syrian opposition.

>> Tilman Brück, Ian Anthony and John Hart were quoted on the most recent developments in Syria in the Wall Street Journal, Deutsche Welle, AFP and Dagens Nyheter.

>> Oliver Bräuner spoke to the South China Morning Post on Taiwan arms sales. He also commented on risks of a potential arms race in Asia in the Austrian Kurier.

>> Pieter Wezeman commented on EU arms deliveries to Egypt for the Voice of Russia. He also discussed European arms transfers to Egypt with El Pais.

>> Phillip Schell discussed North Korea's expanding nuclear plant on Deutsche Welle.

>> Lawrence Dermody was quoted in NKNews on overflights and UN sanctions on North Korea as well as recent developments in the state's military aircraft fleet.

>> Carina Solmirano commented on the cuts in the Greece defence spending in SETimes.

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Strengthening the European Union's Future Approach to
WMD Non-proliferation

SIPRI Policy Paper no. 37
In the 10 years since the European Union adopted its Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, it has succeeded in developing a distinctive approach to the non-proliferation of WMD. This timely report explores how the EU has approached the formidable task of implementing the WMD Strategy, evaluates the degree of success that has been achieved and outlines pragmatic changes that will make the effort more effective in the future.

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