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Small modular reactors may have climate benefits, but they can also be climate-vulnerable

A new generation of nuclear reactors holds the promise of low-carbon energy access for developing countries and remote areas. Designers and planners must take into account the risks and uncertainties of a climate-insecure future.

Is liberal peacebuilding a good fit for Ukraine?

The liberal peacebuilding model, centered on democratic governance, minimal state intervention, and support for individual freedoms, has been a dominant post-Cold War approach to peacebuilding. Exploring its application may offer valuable insights for Ukraine's stabilization and recovery post-war.

War in the breadbasket: Landmines and food security in Ukraine

Russia’s war in Ukraine has not only affected Ukraine's food exports but also its production, with extensive landmine contamination posing a long-term threat to agricultural land, potentially jeopardizing both domestic and international food security.

Is it time to reassess national security spending?

As national security strategies increasingly recognize human and environmental priorities, SIPRI and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research propose a more comprehensive approach to scrutinizing national security spending.

Why peace and localization are key to transforming food systems

In 2022 over a quarter of a billion people were acutely food insecure and required urgent food assistance, in 58 countries or territories. Conflict and insecurity remain the most significant drivers of food insecurity in 19 countries or territories where more than 117 million people face acute food insecurity.

Training on climate security is crucial for the future of peace operations

Climate change is profoundly affecting the day-to-day work of peace operations. More funding is needed for training that can help mission personnel to understand and manage climate-related security risks.

Tackling mis- and disinformation: Seven insights for UN peace operations

This blog from the Challenges Forum International Secretariat explores the challenges posed by mis- and disinformation for multilateral peace operations and some ways to address them.

Five ways to protect civilians in contemporary armed conflict

The nature of conflict is changing, and with it the challenges of protecting civilians from harm. In this blog, Dan Mahanty of Stockholm Forum partner CIVIC offers some insights on how to improve civilian protection in this new context.

Arming autocracies: Arms transfers and the emerging Biden doctrine

Observers have voiced concern about what they perceive as a disconnect between the foreign policy rhetoric of the Biden administration and its foreign policy practice. This WritePeace blog explores what light SIPRI data on arms transfers can cast on the discussion.

Peak China, a declining USA and the future of Africa

The next two decades will bring a more complex, multipolar and less Western world, one in which regional rather than global connectedness is growing. What does this mean for Africa? This blog from Jakkie Cilliers, the founder and former executive director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), explores this question.