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The challenges ahead for the SIPRI Yearbook

SIPRI Essay by Tilman Brück
SIPRI has been gathering important data on world military spending, the arms trade and nuclear forces for many years. The 44th edition of the SIPRI Yearbook continues this tradition but also acknowledges the rapidly evolving challenges in measuring peace, security and conflict.

Read the essay.


Findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2013 now available

Developments in international security, armaments and disarmament
On 3 June SIPRI launched SIPRI Yearbook 2013, the key findings of which included China's expansion of its nuclear arsenal in 2012; a fall in the number of peace operations personnel; and stalled progress towards a global ban on cluster munitions. An English summary is now online, with hard copies available in July 2013.

Read the press release or download the summary (PDF).
SIPRI Yearbook 2013

SIPRI statement on President Obama’s speech in Berlin

Reaching agreement with Russia will be crucial
In his speech in Berlin on 19 June the United States President, Barack Obama, made a commitment to move towards the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of nuclear weapons. However, this is not the first time the President has made such a commitment, and it remains to be seen how Russia’s support will be secured.

Read the statement.
SIPRI Yearbook 2013

Turning the tide against maritime smugglers

SIPRI Expert Comment by Lawrence Dermody, Aaron Dunne and Hugh Griffiths
Containerization has changed the face of smuggling and become many smugglers’ weapon of choice. It has also made some of the biggest commercial shipping lines into the smugglers’ unwitting partners in crime. But the information these shippers hold could be a key element in the fight back against modern-day smuggling.

Read the Expert Comment.
Aaron Dunne

Internship opportunity: peace operations
SIPRI's Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme is seeking two research interns to assist with its Multilateral Peace Operations Database. The full-time positions run from 15 August to 15 November 2013. The positions will be located at SIPRI headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.

Read the position description.


>> SIPRI co-organizes briefing on the arms trade treaty

>> SIPRI North America news

>> Two new papers from the EU Non-proliferation Consortium launched in Brussels

>> SIPRI hosts the 17th International Conference on Economics and Security

>> In brief: SIPRI activities for June 2013

>> SIPRI seminar on the international response to allegations of chemical weapon use

>> In brief: SIPRI activities for May 2013

>> SIPRI Yearbook 2012 Chinese translation launch

>> SIPRI organizes Afghanistan expert seminar


The launch of the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2013 was covered by over 1500 media outlets worldwide, including The Guardian, the Berliner Morgenpost, Bloomberg, DR, Tagesschau, Le Monde, Sveriges Radio, Deutsche Welle, Kyodo News, El Mundo, Times of India, Sky News Australia, AFP, Il Mondo, the Korea Herald, Ria Novosti, China Daily and many more.

Mathieu Duchâtel spoke to the Voice of Russia about Viet Nam's relations with China.

Paul Holtom was quoted in The National (UAE) on the arms trade treaty.

Phillip Schell was interviewed in the Times of India about India's nuclear weapon capabilities.

Pieter Wezeman spoke to Deutsche Welle about arms shipments to the Syrian rebels.

Siemon Wezeman was quoted in a Svenska Dagbladet article on the Swedish Gripen.

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

Ian Anthony and Lina Grip
SIPRI Policy Paper no. 37

In the 10 years since the European Union adopted its Strategy against the 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.

Download the SIPRI Policy Paper.

  ©SIPRI 2013. ISSN 1654-8264.
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