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A new political forum could help make the EU’s strategic trade controls more strategic—if it is allowed to

This essay presents some suggestions for how a proposed ‘forum for political coordination’ could help to coordinate and plug the gaps in the European Union’s strategic trade controls.

NATO: A new need for some old ideas

As NATO marks its first 75 years, its core mission has arguably come full circle: deterrence and territorial defence in Europe. Remembering key lessons from cold war diplomacy could help it to navigate the challenges ahead.

More investment in nuclear deterrence will not make Europe safer

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and the nuclear threats it has made since have driven a new wave of militarization in Europe. Amid rising tensions, this SIPRI Essay argues for caution in the nuclear domain to prevent escalation and maintain a balance in Europe's security landscape.

Climate finance and geopolitics: The China–US factor

Climate action is caught in the increasingly volatile push-and-pull between cooperative global governance and great power competition, a fraught dynamic readily apparent in relations between China and the United States.

Towards an agenda for gender perspectives in space security

This SIPRI Essay explores why women’s voices and gender-based vulnerabilities need to be better reflected in space security governance.

Beyond the UN Security Council: Can the UN General Assembly tackle the climate–security challenge?

The wildfires raging in Canada are yet another reminder that climate change is already having an impact on all our lives.

Twenty years ago in Iraq, ignoring the expert weapons inspectors proved to be a fatal mistake

In this SIPRI Essay, former nuclear inspector Robert Kelley describes how the case for invading Iraq in 2003 was built on false claims about weapons of mass destruction.

Towards a more secure future through effective multilateralism based on facts, science and knowledge

As world leaders gather in New York for the opening of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, far too many security key indicators are heading in a dangerous direction.

Looking beyond the NPT: Next steps in arms control and disarmament

The latest review cycle of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) reached an unsatisfactory conclusion on 26 August, when the Russian delegation blocked agreement on a final outcome document.

We must strengthen multilateralism in a new era of risk

This essay draws on research under SIPRI's Environment of Peace initiative and on the authors' own experience.