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2020 Stockholm Security Conference

2020 Stockholm Security Conference

Online event

On 17–20 November 2020, SIPRI will host the fifth annual Stockholm Security Conference (SSC 20). The theme of this year’s conference is ‘International Cooperation: Navigating the Way Ahead’. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, SSC 20 will convene in a virtual format.

Browse through the conference programme and register here.

Through eight sessions, the conference will explore trends in international cooperation and their implications for the future of international security and multilateralism. One of the key questions is whether, when there is more need than ever for international cooperation, there is a growing tendency by the major powers towards unilateral behaviour. If so, what does that imply for multilateral approaches to shared problems and challenges? The panels will analyse and discuss the key challenges from global, regional, organizational and thematic perspectives.

Specifically, the conference agenda will be split into thematic, institutional and regional sessions: thematic sessions will take place on nuclear arms control, techno-nationalism and responsible use of artificial intelligence; institutional sessions will focus on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations; and the regional sessions will focus on North East Asia and Africa.

The conference will provide an informal setting for in-depth discussion between leading experts and representatives from the political, military, academic and diplomatic communities, as well as civil society. Gathering different communities at the same conference to look at joint responses to shared challenges will help identify different aspects of the problem and ways forward towards the solution. 



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