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SSC 2021 PROGRAMME
2021 Stockholm Security Conference on the theme ‘Battlefields of the future’

On 8–11 November 2021, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) will host the sixth annual Stockholm Security Conference (SSC 21). The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Battlefields of the Future: Trends of Conflict and Warfare in the 21st Century’. The conference will be held in a virtual format.

This page contains an overview of the conference programme for 8–11 November and includes registration details and links for each session.

Please note that registration is required for each individual session. All times are indicated in CET (Stockholm time).

 

Monday, 8 November 

12:30–13:45 Opening Panel: Battlefields of the future

The session will be live-streamed on SIPRI's YouTube channel. Click here for the session overview.

Thematic sessions: International Law

14:00–15:15 Space warfare: Applying international humanitarian law to the final frontier

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15:30–16:45 The AI conundrum: Algorithms and human responsibility in armed conflicts

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Tuesday, 9 November – Technology

12:30–13:15 Quantum technologies, their potential impact on the battlefield and future control

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14:00–15:15 Hacking nuclear deterrence: Cyber threats to nuclear systems

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15:30–16:45 Offence–defence race in space: Missile defence, anti-satellite weapons and nuclear arms control (Parallel session 1)

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15:30–16:45 The human mind as a battlefield (Parallel session 2)

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16:30–17:45 Current trends in missile technology and proliferation: Are current governance instruments fit for purpose?

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Wednesday, 10 November – Strategies and Doctrines

12:30–13:45 Gray zone conflicts and the absence of institutional mechanisms

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14:00–15:15 Tactical or strategic? Low-yield nuclear weapons and the Indo-Pacific region (Parallel session 1)

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14:00–15:15 Preparing for future urban warfare: Balancing operational needs with humanitarian concerns (Parallel session 2)

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15:30–16:45 Escalation thresholds in an era of ‘muscular competition’

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Thursday, 11 November – Protection of civilians 

12:30–13:45 Civilians under attack: The Liptako-Gourma region of the Western Sahel

Click here for the session overview and registration details. This session will be held in French.

14:00–15:15 Urban warfare and the protection of civilians: Mosul, a case study

Click here for the session overview and registration details. This session will be held in Arabic and English.

15:30–16:45 UN peacekeeping operations and parallel operations: Protection of civilians in a crowded field

This session is organized in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Peace Operations (UNDPO). Click here for the session overview.

Please note that participation to this session is by invitation only. To inquire about participation, please email the SSC 2021 Team at sthlmseccon@sipri.org

17:00–18:15 Sustainable strategies for the protection of civilians in conflict locations

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20:30–Concluding event: Ypres Peace Prize ceremony

More information coming soon.

 

Contact

For more information, please contact Noel Kelly, Programme Coordinator; and Johanna Eliasson, Events Assistant at sthlmseccon@sipri.org.

Media

For media enquiries, please contact Alexandra Manolache, Communications Officer (alexandra.manolache@sipri.org, +46 76 628 61 33) or Stephanie Blenckner, Director of Communications (blenckner@sipri.org, +46 8 655 97 47).