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Essays

China at 60: Still a daunting challenge

Linda Jakobson

The future looked bleak for the Chinese people on 1 October 1989 at the 40th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Organized crime: a growing threat to security

Walter Kemp

On 24 February the UN Security Council will debate the issue of organized crime as a threat to international peace. The issue has also been hot in the G8 and regional organizations like the OSCE and ECOWAS. It is also getting a lot of attention in the media.

Climate change, land and security

Ruben de Koning

As world leaders gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this week, the effects of climate change have already created serious security threats in many parts of the developing world.

Jan. 10: Is South America on the brink of an arms race?

Carina Solmirano and Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman

On 15 September 2009 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that Venezuela’s recent arms acquisitions outpaced those of any other country in South America and raised questions about whether an arms race was looming in the region.

Taking stock of international security

Although there have been some hopeful signs, overall the world continues to face continuing and growing challenges to security, stability and peace. Contradictions seem to abound.

Oct. 09: The NPT Review Conference 2010–looking good but there’s still time to fail

Daniel Nord and SIPRI Deputy Director

In 2005 it seemed impossible that within four years there would be real, substantive discussions in the framework of the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) on nuclear issues, including nuclear disarmament; that the UN Security Council would hold a special meeting to discuss nuclear non-prolifera

Playing both sides: how air transport firms profit by shipping arms and aid

and Hugh Griffiths

Incredible as it may seem, traffickers in commodities that help fuel some of the world’s nastiest conflicts—transporting such things as arms, ‘blood diamonds’ and cocaine—also continue to profit from humanitarian aid and UN peacekeeping contracts.

Coming tests for transatlantic security relations

Gunilla Herolf

A renewed atmosphere of friendship and willingness to cooperate is apparent in relations between Europe and the United States. US Vice-President Joe Biden, in his speech at the 2009 Munich Security Conference, set out the USA’s position: ‘We will engage. We will listen. We will consult.

Mar 09: Japan’s security and defence policy: the more things change . . .

Axel Berkofsky

For a country that has officially renounced armed force as a means of settling international disputes, Japan’s defence and security policy agenda is looking full.

Jan 09: China’s expanding peacekeeping role

and Chin-hao Huang

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has increased its participation in a broadening array of multilateral security arrangements in recent years.