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Riot control agents: improve knowledge to improve safety

Dr Sadik Toprak

A number of recent incidents have reinforced renewed concern regarding states' use of so-called riot control agents (RCAs)particularly tear gases and pepper sprayagainst civilians.

The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention—approaching a mid-life crisis?

Dr John Hart

The 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) is one of the most widely ratified multilateral treaties concerning armed conflict since the Geneva Conventions. Its core principle has not been challenged: no country argues that the use of biological weapons is legitimate.

Oct. 11: The UN Security Council: relevance without reform?

Dr Ian Anthony

On the occasion of United Nations Day, 24 October, it seems only fair to counter some of the more pessimistic assessments of the UN's role in relation to global security.

Arctic cooperation must become more inclusive

Kristofer Bergh

July 2011 saw the lowest extent of Arctic sea ice for that month since satellite measurements began in 1979.

The Arms Trade Treaty negotiations: seize the opportunity

Paul Holtom and Mark Bromley

When the penultimate meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepComm) for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) convenes in New York in July, the delegates will have a packed agenda.

Libya at the crossroads—the challenge of consolidating peace

The Libyan rebels have swept to almost certain victory over the regime of Muammar Gaddafi on a wave of international goodwill and support.

The global security governance system—meeting tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s tools

Dr Bates Gill

It is one of the most privileged and fascinating tasks of a SIPRI Director to read through the various chapters and appendices of a new SIPRI Yearbook as it takes shape.

Libya: lessons in controlling the arms trade

Pieter D. Wezeman

As the violence in Libya escalates and the international community examines how to respond to internal conflict and human rights violations, arms supply should be analysed.

Apr. 11: Falling European military spending—a threat to our security?

Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman

SIPRI’s recently released data on military spending for 2010 shows world military expenditure continuing to grow, albeit at a slower rate than in recent years, reaching US$1630 billion.

Feb. 11: Taking stock of Russian–US arms control after New START

Shannon N. Kile

The hard-won entry into force of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) between Russia and the United States was, for many arms control and disarmament advocates, a gratifying but underwhelming moment.