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Taking stock of international security

Perceptions of threats to security are both individual and shared. Currently, many share concerns about recent developments in Iran and North Korea, while many also see in the new approach of the United States a glimpse of hope.

Taking stock of international security

Dr Bates Gill

Perceptions of threats to security are both individual and shared. Currently, many share concerns about recent developments in Iran and North Korea, while many also see in the new approach of the United States a glimpse of hope.

Afghanistan’s troubled prospects

Tim Foxley

Q: What changes do you see in the coming five years?

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

Oct. 10: Europe’s history offers lessons for today’s security challenges

Göran Lennmarker

Twentieth-century Europe was at several times the most horrific place on earth. Perhaps as many as 100 000 000 people were killed by war and oppression. Two world wars started here. Concentration camps and gulags were used as instruments of utter repression.