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Afghanistan’s political elite continues to jeopardize stability

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 competing political camps.

Technology at the service of peace

Olivier Cottray and 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 harnessed to aid peacebuilding programmes via the emerging field of peacetech.

Inclusive and peaceful societies—a view from Sweden

Sigrid Gruener and 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 Peace and Development, DHF's Sigrid Gruener and Matilda Hald look at inclusive peacebuilding initiatives in Sweden.

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

Rhodri Williams

To achieve sustainable peace, development work will need to include practices that promote the rule of law. Ahead of the 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, ILAC's Rhodri Williams looks at the challenges and opportunities this brings.

European security in its winter of discontent

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

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

This week, SIPRI released new data on international arms transfers of major weapons. We’ve picked out some key trends in the data and present the state of arms transfers in eight graphics.

SIPRI highlights of 2016

Dr Kate Blanchfield

Throughout a turbulent 2016, SIPRI's vision of a world of sustainable peace remained unchanged. Here are some of SIPRI's highlights of 2016.

Migration: new perspectives on an old story

Kate Sullivan

Migration has persisted in one form or another throughout the centuries. On International Migrants Day, it’s worth reflecting on the number and experiences of people on the move.

Impact evaluations in fragile states

Dr Anastasia Aladysheva, Gulzhan Asylbek kyzy and Winnie Leung

In 2015 over $131 billion was spent in official development assistance, an increase of nearly 7% compared to 2014, but there is litte evidence to suggest this money goes towards interventions that work.

65 years of military spending: Trends in SIPRI's new data

Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman

As SIPRI launches its new extended military expenditure data, this blog post looks at longer-term regional trends in military spending.