SIPRI's research

SIPRI’s research agenda is constantly evolving, consistently remaining timely and in high demand. SIPRI’s research has a high impact, informing the understandings and choices of policymakers, parliamentarians, diplomats, journalists, and experts. Dissemination channels include an active communications programme; seminars and conferences; a website; a monthly newsletter; and a renowned publications programme. This page details SIPRI’s four main research areas.

Regional and global security

Current SIPRI projects on regional and global security include investigations into security and governance in Africa; Arctic futures; China and global security; Eurasia, wider Central Asia and Afghanistan; global health and security challenges; international relations and security trends; and the relationship between transport and security.


Armed conflict and conflict management

SIPRI monitors and analyses trends in violent conflict around the world, as well as their causes, dynamics and consequences. The peacekeeping and peacebuilding research project collates comprehensive information on multilateral peace operations and analyses significant trends in peacekeeping and their impacts on post-conflict peacebuilding policies. An additional research focus area is the nexus between resources and conflict.


Military spending and armaments

SIPRI’s research on military spending and armaments covers four major areas. The military expenditure project monitors developments in military expenditure worldwide. The international arms transfers project monitors and analyses transfers, highlighting trends in supplier–recipient relationships. SIPRI also collects, describes and analyses data relating to the world’s major arms-producing companies. Finally, SIPRI collates comprehensive data on nuclear weapons.


Arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation

SIPRI's research on arms control and non-proliferation covers a broad range of issues including nuclear non-proliferation; biotechnology assessment; dual-use and arms trade control; chemical and biological arms control and nuclear forensics. Special projects include cooperation within the European Union’s Non-Proliferation Consortium, and with the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.