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How Brazil’s political and economic crisis affects its military spending

by Diego Lopes da Silva

Brazil's military spendng decreased by 7.2% in 2016, which is related to the political and economic crises currently affecting the country.

The African Union’s road to financial independence: Pragmatic or ideological?

by Maria Osula

Recognizing its growing financial dependence on external partners, the African Union has proposed an ambitious self-financing programme.

Cultural diversity for dialogue and development

by Dr Anastasia Aladysheva


May 21 is the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Given today’s conflicts, political uncertainties and support

The need for dialogue on common security challenges in Europe

by Dr Lars-Erik Lundin

Dr Lars-Erik Lundin looks back at the role of dialogue in resolving previous European security challenges and argues that a simliar approach is needed today.

Afghanistan’s political elite continues to jeopardize stability

by Richard Ghiasy

Afghanistan's political power struggle keeps the country in a deadlock of security and socio-economic crises. Achieving stability in Afghanistan, and the wider region, will require effective power-sharing from Afghanistan's two

Technology at the service of peace

by Olivier Cottray, by Helena Puig Larrauri

Technology and innovation have a role to play in peace. Two sessions at the upcoming 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will focus on how technology can be

Inclusive and peaceful societies—a view from Sweden

by Sigrid Gruener , by Matilda Hald

Inclusivity in peacebuilding should also apply to peaceful countries such as Sweden, not only countries experiencing conflict. Ahead of the 2017 Stockholm Forum on

Of arson and legal aid: The integration of rule of law in peace and development policy and practice

by Rhodri Williams

To achieve sustainable peace, development work will need to include practices that promote the rule of law. Ahead of the 2017 Stockholm

European security in its winter of discontent

by Dan Smith

This year’s Munich Security Conference was held amid an atmosphere of deep foreboding. It became a meeting that was not so much about western security as about the West itself.

The state of major arms transfers in 8 graphics

by Dr Kate Blanchfield, by Pieter D. Wezeman, by Siemon T. Wezeman

This week, SIPRI released new data on international arms