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2021 SIPRI Lecture by HE Dr Madeleine Albright

2021 SIPRI Lecture by HE Dr Madeleine Albright

SIPRI is proud to host the third annual SIPRI Lecture, held on the theme of ‘Democracy in a Post-Covid World’. The lecture will be held virtually on 24 May 2021. 

The lecture will be delivered by HE Dr Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state of the United States. Dr Albright is known for her lifelong career of public service and her dedication to the promotion of peace, human rights and democracy. The lecture will be followed by a panel conversation.

Distinguished participants

HE Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden

HE Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

HE Margot Wallström, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

Dan Smith, Director, SIPRI

Read the transcript of the speech here [PDF].

The lecture will be live-streamed on SIPRI's YouTube channel.


About the SIPRI Lecture

The SIPRI Lecture is an annual event focusing on major themes in peace and security. The event provides a platform for prominent global thought leaders sharing the values underpinning SIPRI, its research and other activities.

The inaugural SIPRI Lecture was held in May 2018 on the theme ‘Is the world on the road to peace or war?’ by HE Dr Hans Blix. The second edition of the SIPRI Lecture honoured HE Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and currently United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and covered key challenges to human rights, the sources of those challenges and the ways in which it is possible to address them.

Watch the livestreams of the first two editions of the lecture on SIPRI’s YouTube channel and on Facebook



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