Upcoming SIPRI events and activities
|23–24 Nov. |
| ||SIPRI co-organizes Arctic conference in Poland|
SIPRI, together with the University of Lower Silesia (Wrocław) and the Marie Curie Sklodowska University (Lublin), is organizing a conference entitled ‘The Arctic in the First Decade of the 21st Century: Between Competition and Cooperation’. The Canadian Embassy in Poland has provided partial funding for the event. SIPRI researchers Kristofer Bergh and Ekaterina Klimenko will present their research at the conference, which will also feature a range of speakers on Arctic issues. Contact Kristofer Bergh for more information. Read more about SIPRI’s Arctic Futures programme.
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|5 Dec. 14:45–16:30 |
| ||SIPRI panel discussion on arms exports and authoritarian regimes|
SIPRI is pleased to host the 2012 Right Livelihood Award winner, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), and invites interested individuals to a panel discussion on arms exports and authoritarian regimes. Using the example of the Arab Spring, the panel discussion will highlight the interaction between civil society, the research community, parliaments and government in mapping, understanding and addressing the risks of arms exports to sensitive destinations under authoritarian rule. Please confirm your participation with your name and full affiliation no later than Tuesday, 4 December 2012 by contacting Cynthia Loo, SIPRI Senior Management Assistant, by phone (08-655 97 51) or email. Read the full invitation (PDF).
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|14–16 Feb. 2013 |
| ||The Missing Peace: Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-conflict Settings|
Please note that this symposium was initially planned for 1–3 November 2012, but has now been rescheduled.
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and SIPRI North America will convene a group of scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and military and civil society actors to examine the issue of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. The group will identify gaps in knowledge and reporting, and explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence. The keynote speaker will be Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The symposium, which will also feature a young scholar exchange forum, will be broadcast via the Internet. Resources for both participants and media are available online.
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|14–15 June 2013 Stockholm || ||17th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security|
SIPRI is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security will be held at SIPRI in Stockholm on 14 and 15 June 2013. The conference is co-organized by SIPRI with Economists for Peace and Security and will cover a wide range of topics relating to the economics and political economy of conflict, peace, security, military expenditure and armaments. Please email titles and abstracts (max 300 words) to Sam Perlo-Freeman before 1 April 2013. Read more about the conference.
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Recent SIPRI events and activities
|14–16 Nov. |
| ||SIPRI Researchers present at customs conference|
Dr Sibylle Bauer, Director of SIPRI’s Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme, gave a presentation on the control lists of the nonproliferation regimes and their relation to the harmonized customs code at the first World Customs Organization (WCO) conference on Strategic Trade Controls Enforcement. Aaron Dunne, Senior Researcher with the Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme and Hugh Griffiths, SIPRI Senior Researcher and head of the Countering Illicit Trafficking–Mechanism Assessment Projects (CIT-MAP) presented at a conference side session. Dunne gave a presentation on strategic trade controls and the information challenge (PDF), while Griffiths briefed WCO delegates on trafficking and proliferation trends identified as part of SIPRI’s maritime trafficking study. Read the conference programme or a summary of the event. For further information contact Dr Sibylle Bauer.
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|19 Nov. |
| ||SIPRI expert presents risk assessment software|
SIPRI Senior Researcher Hugh Griffiths presented SIPRI’s arms trafficking via air risk assessment software, developed as part of an EU Council Decision, at a European Commission conference on illicit firearms trafficking. The conference was opened by European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. Contact Hugh Griffiths for more information.
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|16 Nov. |
| ||SIPRI experts participate in security roundtable|
Dr Neil Melvin, Director of SIPRI’s Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme and SIPRI Senior Researcher Dr Bruce Koepke participated in a High-Level Roundtable on regional security and national minorities in Central Asia and Afghanistan. The meeting, which was organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities, aimed to enhance the understanding of the link between regional security and national minority policies. Melvin’s presentation focused on recent conflicts in Central Asia and how continuing ethnic tensions in the border region may lead to renewed violence. Koepke’s presentation discussed issues that may affect the ethnic minorities of the border region between Central Asia and Afghanistan following the withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. For more information, contact Dr Bruce Koepke. Read more about SIPRI’s Eurasia, wider Central Asia and Afghanistan project.
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|14 Nov. |
| ||SIPRI Researcher presents before Swedish parliamentary commission|
SIPRI Researcher Kristofer Bergh presented parts of his research on the Arctic before the Defence Commission of the Swedish Parliament during a session aimed at informing parliamentarians on the security situation in the Arctic. Contact Kristofer Bergh for more information, or read his SIPRI Insights paper on the Arctic policies of Canada and the United States.
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|8–9 Nov. |
| ||SIPRI researcher presents on Afghanistan–Iran relations|
Dr Bruce Koepke attended a seminar in Brussels on Iran and the regional context, organized by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). Dr Koepke presented an overview of Afghanistan–Iran relations.
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|5–6 Nov. |
| ||Non-Proliferation Consortium organizes Brussels meeting |
The member organizations of the European Union Non-Proliferation Consortium (EUNPC), including SIPRI, organized a second seminar to promote confidence building and in support of a process aimed at establishing a Zone Free of WMD and Means of delivery in the Middle East. Find out more about the event or read the EUNPC's publications on the SIPRI site.
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|5 Nov. |
| ||SIPRI expert speaks at seminar on an international arms agreement|
SIPRI Senior Researcher Mark Bromley spoke at a seminar organized by the International Commission of Jurists, Kristna Fredsrörelsen (the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation, SweFOR), and Fonden för Mänskliga Rättigheter (the Swedish Foundation for Human Rights). The seminar focused on ongoing international efforts aimed at creating an international arms trade treaty and the recently commenced investigation into Sweden’s arms export controls. Bromley spoke about the commonalities and differences between the two processes. Read more about the seminar (in Swedish) or contact Mark Bromley for more information.
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|5 Nov. |
| ||SIPRI researchers discuss the future of the Korean peninsula|
Mathieu Duchâtel, SIPRI Senior Researcher and researcher Phillip Schell, both of the SIPRI China and international peace and security project, gave presentations at roundtable discussions on the future of the Korean peninsula at the Department for Northeast Asian Studies, Jilin University, and the Jilin Academy of Social Sciences. Contact Mathieu Duchâtel for more information. Read more about SIPRI’s China and international peace and security project.
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|25 Oct. |
New York City
Image: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York
SIPRI Researcher presents at disarmament and non-proliferation side-event
SIPRI Senior Researcher Mark Bromley spoke at a side event organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The event focused on how information can help to combat the spread of conventional arms and weapons of mass destruction and was held on the sidelines of meetings of the First Committee at the UN. Bromley gave a presentation on the SIPRI arms transfers database and its use by the media, parliaments, non-governmental organizations and academics in different parts of the world. Read a summary of the event or contact Mark Bromley for more information. Access the SIPRI arms transfers database.
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| ||SIPRI holds expert seminar on arms trafficking|
SIPRI's CIT-MAP team organized an expert seminar on arms trafficking and supporting actors in peacekeeping environments. The event brought together more than 90 experts working in the fields of sanctions monitoring, arms trafficking, civil aviation, peacekeeping, proliferation, disarmament and regional security. For further information and the expert seminar agenda, visit the CIT-MAP page on the SIPRI website.
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|15–16 Oct. |
| ||SIPRI expert presents at export control working group meeting|
SIPRI Researcher Dr Andrea Viski attended the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) Export Control Working Group at the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, on 15–16 October 2012. Viski’s presentation was entitled ‘Dual-Use Export Controls: Considerations on Measuring Implementation’. Contact Andrea Viski for more information.
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|21 Sep. Rome || ||SIPRI expert presents at maritime conference|
SIPRI Senior Researcher Hugh Griffiths gave a presentation on maritime trafficking and proliferation trends at the Centro Alti Studi Per La Difesa (Italian Centre for High Defence Studies) during a two-day conference entitled ‘The role of maritime in WMD transportation and global supply chain security’. The US National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) organized the event in partnership with the Italian Defense General Staff Joint Intelligence Center. Contact Hugh Griffiths for more information.
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SIPRI staff news
SIPRI is recruiting up to two post-doctoral research fellows in the economics of peace and security. Applications close on 7 December 2012. Read the full position descriptions.
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| ||SIPRI Policy Paper (forthcoming 27 November 2012)|
China's Arctic Aspirations
Linda Jakobson and Jingchao Peng
China wants to be part of the Arctic order and, as a rising power, emphasizes the global implications of the Arctic’s melting ice. Although several non-Chinese observers have described China’s actions in the Arctic as ‘more assertive’, and the Chinese Government has taken steps to protect what it perceives as its key interests in the region, China’s Arctic policies are still in a nascent stage of formulation. This Policy Paper represents the first comprehensive mapping of the agencies and individuals involved in the formulation of Arctic policies and an assessment of the motives underlying China’s Arctic activities. The authors show that, while China recognizes that it is an ‘Arctic outsider’—without sovereign rights in the Arctic—it nevertheless sees numerous economic opportunities opening up in there. It consequently seeks to influence discussions and decisions on how the Arctic should be governed.
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SIPRI Yearbook 2012: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security
The 43rd edition of the SIPRI Yearbook includes coverage of developments during 2011 in armed conflicts, multilateral peace operations, military expenditure, arms production, international arms transfers, world nuclear forces and fissile material stocks, nuclear arms control and non-proliferation, reduction of security threats from chemical and biological materials, conventional arms control, controls on security-related international transfers and multilateral arms embargoes. Read an online summary of SIPRI Yearbook 2012 or order a copy.
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| ||SIPRI Policy Paper|
Verifying a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty: Technical and Organizational Considerations
Shannon N. Kile and Robert E. Kelley
The renewed momentum behind international efforts to negotiate a fissile material cut-off treaty (FMCT) has focused attention on how the proposed ban on the production of fissile material will be verified: what type of organization should be given this responsibility and what technical expertise will it require? The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is often identified as the obvious choice for this role, given its long experience in implementing nuclear safeguards agreements. Many of the tools and procedures developed by the IAEA for safeguards purposes could be directly applied to verifying a future FMCT. However, without changes to its existing safeguards mandate and practices, the IAEA would be hindered in verifying treaty compliance in the nuclear weapon-possessing states. This Policy Paper proposes an alternative arrangement that, while taking advantage of the IAEA's experience and expertise, creates a verification body tailored specifically for an FMCT with the requisite legal mandate and technical capabilities. Download the Policy Paper.
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SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security
Implementing an arms trade treaty: mapping assistance to strengthen arms transfer controls
Paul Holtom and Mark Bromley
It is widely recognized that many states parties to an arms trade treaty (ATT) will need assistance to fulfil their treaty obligations. The creation of an ATT will require the expansion of existing assistance programmes as well as the development of new approaches and efforts specifically designed to assist states with treaty implementation. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of existing assistance could help to ensure that mistakes made under other instruments are not repeated and enable actors to draw on existing good practices. This paper therefore maps existing assistance efforts aimed at strengthening transfer controls for conventional arms, dual-use goods or small arms and light weapons (SALW). Download the Insights paper.
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Brück, T. and de Groot, O. J., ‘The economic impact of violent conflict’, Defence and Peace Economics, 16 Nov. 2012.
Melvin, N., ‘The EU needs a new values-based realism for its Central Asia strategy’, EUCAM Policy Brief No. 28 (PDF), Oct. 2012.
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