Security and Development

SIPRI’s Security and Development Programme focuses on measuring security and peace in developing countries in order to contribute to the post-2015 framework and the development of peacebuilding and state-building indicators.

Current research

The Programme has on-going research projects in several areas including:


SIPRI, in collaboration with the the Royal Society of Medicine (UK) and the Conflict and Health Research Group at King's College London, is hosting a workshop on violence affecting healthcare delivery. The event will be held on 2 December 2015 in London and is funded by the British International Studies Association. For more information, please contact Dr Rachel Irwin, .


In May 2015, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs co-hosted the second annual Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. The Forum explored the theme of 'Promoting Sustainable Peace' through a series of high-level roundtables on security and development topics relevant to peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

Read more about the Forum.

Recent Media Coverage

'Peace Operations, Conflict Management and the Role of Gender', Swedish Foreign Policy News, 16 June 2015
'Öppningsanförande av Isabella Lövin vid Stockholm Forum on Security and Development 2015 - "Promoting sustainable peace"' regeringskansliet, 12 May 2015
'Rebooting Democracy' Foreign Policy, 16 March 2015

Recent Publications

From ‘Statebuilding’ to ‘Stakebuilding’

Gary Milante
If you are not familiar with the event, more than 200 senior policymakers, practitioners, academics and civil society representatives from around the world met at the Forum, co-hosted with Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss ‘Promoting Sustainable Peace’. During two days of intensive roundtable exchanges a variety of topics were discussed, including the political economy of climate change, financing for development in fragile situations, the Syrian crisis, security dynamics and development in Afghanistan and lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, among others. While the scope and the depth of the discussions make it hard to boil down the richness of the dialogues into a few simple points, there was one clear takeaway—on inclusivity and ownership—which struck me as a key message, demonstrating in its complexity how far the conversation on security and development has come.

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Recent Activities
19th June 2015, London, UK

British International Studies Association conference: panel on "Fragile Development 2015-2030: Understanding how insecurity and poor governance will affect sustainable development

SIPRI Senior Researcher Sam Perlo-Freeman, with the Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, participated alongside SIPRI colleagues Gary Milante and Rachel Irwin, and Roger Williamson of the Institute of Development Studies, in a panel organized by SIPRI Yearbook publishers Oxford University Press, at the British International Studies Association conference in London on 19th June. Dr. Perlo-Freeman gave a presentation on the nexus between natural resource revenues, corruption, and military expenditure, while Rachel Irwin presented on violence against humanitarian workers and constraints on service delivery in fragile environments. Relatedly, Gary Milante explained how systems thinking can be used to break the fragile states paradigm and promote more productive engagement on development. He also outlined prospects for poverty eradication in fragile states by 2030. More information on this topic can be found here.

16 June 2015, Stockholm, Sweden

Peace Operations, Conflict Management and the Role of Gender

In cooperation with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, SIPRI shared key findings on peace operations, conflict management and the role of gender at the SIPRI Yearbook 2015 launch event. The event featured a keynote speech by Annika Söder, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs. SIPRI’s Ian Anthony and Gary Milante participated in the panel. More information on this topic can be found here.





Dr Gary MilanteProgramme Director, biography

Dr Rachel Irwin, Senior Researcher, biography

, Researcher, biography

Emma Bjertén-Günther, Research Assistant, biography

Kate Sullivan, Programme Coordinator, biography

Stockholm Forum 2015

The second annual Stockholm Forum on Security and Development was held on 12-13 May 2015. The theme of this high-level Forum was ‘Promoting Sustainable Peace.’ 

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