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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.

Non-violent movements could be key to better people-centred peacebuilding

Throughout this year’s Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, we heard about a multiplicity of crises afflicting the world.

The impact of the war in Ukraine on Polish arms industrial policy

This blog explores how Poland is using Ukraine war-linked arms and ammunition contracts in a bid to accelerate the modernization and expansion of its arms industry.

Yemen: Local grievances call for internationally supported local solutions

The Iran–Saudi détente could ease Yemen’s troubles, but lasting peace will require local solutions. Emelie Poignant Khafagi and Dr Ahmed Morsy explore more in this SIPRI WritePeace blog.

Lessons on climate resilience and peacebuilding from Ethiopia and the Dry Corridor

Poor and conflict-affected rural settings are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. To achieve the best outcomes for communities, peacebuilding and resilience-building should go hand in hand.

Going private (equity): A new challenge to transparency in the arms industry

In the latest ranking of the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies (the SIPRI Top 100), published in December 2022, two firms based in the United States—Peraton and Amentum—had recently been acquired by private equity firms. Both their arms sales were considered to have a high degree of uncertainty.

War in the breadbasket: One year in

It is one year since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The war has had a devastating impact on the people of Ukraine and shaken the foundations of post-cold war European security. But its repercussions have been much wider.

Climate change and post-conflict reconstruction in the Nineveh Plains of Iraq

A holistic approach is needed to post-conflict reconstruction in northern Iraq, which builds resilience to climate-related risks while addressing the devastating legacy of the Islamic State occupation.

Japan’s new military policies: Origins and implications

Japan is undergoing the most significant changes to its security strategy since the end of World War II. What is behind these changers, what do they mean for Indo-Pacific security, and what challenges lie ahead for their implementation?