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Governing the ‘ungoverned’: Suppressing the Islamic State’s insurgency in Iraq

Dr Dylan O’Driscoll

As the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) launched an operation to target the Islamic State in the Hamrin mountain range in Iraq on the 11 April 2019, it is pertinent to examine the i

Coordinating arms transfer and SALW control assistance: What role for the Arms Trade Treaty?

Giovanna Maletta

The 2013 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first international, legally binding instrument establishing common international standards for regulating the trade on

Unpacking the Afghan peace talks: Inclusion of women in the process and achieving durable peace

Yeonju Jung and José Francisco Alvarado Cóbar

In early February 2019, landmark peace talks took place in Moscow between the US government and the Taliban that have advanced the possibility of a negotiated peace further than any previous attempt in the 17-year-long c

The NPT and the TPNW: Compatible or conflicting nuclear weapons treaties?

Dr Tytti Erästö

The 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was negotiated with the purpose of strengthening the largely unimplemented disarmament pillar of the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Yet, one of the main criticisms against the Treaty has been its alleged incompatibility with the NPT. What is one to make of these conflicting claims? And should the increasing number of TPNW ratifications be seen as good or bad news for the international nuclear order?

Climate Security in times of geopolitical crises—what ways forward?

Dan Smith, Dr Malin Mobjörk, Dr Florian Krampe and Karolina Eklöw

Ahead of the fourth Planetary Security Conference on 19–20 February 2019 in The Hague, SIPRI authored the 2019 progress report ‘Climate Security – Making it #Doable.’ The report reviews progress made to address climate-related security risks in a time of growing geopolitical turmoil. The authors highlight three upcoming processes that will be key in shaping actions on climate security in 2019 and beyond.

To stay or not to stay: Will Europe’s new trade initiative make a difference for Iran?

Dr Tarja Cronberg

‘Today we have taken a significant step forward in delivering our commitment under the Iran nuclear deal to preserve sanctions relief for the people of Iran.’

Anti-vehicle mines risk sliding off UN agenda despite increasing humanitarian impact: The case of Mali

Yeonju Jung and Ursign Hofmann

Ahead of the UN CCW meeting in Geneva next week, this article aims to illustrate the impact of AVMs and the importance of continued state consideration with a case study on Mali where an increase in AVM impact has been observed.

Towards climate resilient peacebuilding: Understanding the complexities

Karolina Eklöw and Dr Florian Krampe

In 2017 there were 63 peace operations active—of which 13 were UN Peacekeeping operations.

Beyond ‘women’s issues’ and smoky rooms: Debunking the myths about gender in peace mediation

Yeonju Jung, Emma Bjertén-Günther, Johanna Poutanen, Silja Grundström and Maria Ristimäki

This week and next, the UN member states meet in the General Assembly for its 73rd session. As in previous years, we expect to hear more statements highlighting the role of women in peacebuilding and the need for more inclusive and gender-sensitive peace processes. Nearly two decades after the landmark resolution, why is implementation still sorely lagging?

The state of the Arms Trade Treaty: Advancing efforts on international assistance and illicit diversion

Mark Bromley

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) entered into force in 2013 and aims to promote a more transparent, responsible and better regulated global arms trade. On Friday 24 August the ATT’s Fourth Conference of States Parties (CSP4) concluded in Tokyo after five days of constructive deliberations.