SIPRI's research on arms control 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.
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Chemical and biological weapons

The Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme conducts research into issues of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and arms control, disarmament, proliferation and non-proliferation. Specifically, this project analyses legal, political, technical and historical aspects of chemical and biological warfare prevention, including verification, biosecurity and the implementation of international treaties.

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Dual-use and arms trade control

SIPRI's Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme seeks to raise the quality of information and awareness of the current state of national and multilateral export control systems. The programme contributes to the enhancement of dual-use and arms trade controls inside and outside the EU through its publications, research, development of tools and concepts, seminars and other awareness-raising and capacity-building activities.

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Emerging military technologies

This project examines the implications of evolving non-nuclear military technologies for national nuclear force postures and deterrence strategies. It focuses on three general categories of weapon system technologies: ballistic missile defences; long-range conventional strike systems; and space weapons.

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EU non-proliferation

The  EU Non-Proliferation Consortium is a network of foreign policy institutions and research centres from across the EU engaged in political and security-related dialogue and discussion of measures to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems. The Consortium is managed jointly by SIPRI and three other institutes.

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Nuclear forensics

Many important international treaties provide for special mechanisms allowing to verify that treaty’s members adhere to their commitments. Such verification mechanisms require the application of appropriate technologies.  As technology advances, it provides better means for verification arrangements to pursue their goals.

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Arms control and disarmament

The SIPRI Library maintains extensive records of the states which have signed and ratified arms control and disarmament agreements. An abridged version of the information is presented annually in the SIPRI Yearbook.

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