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SIPRI at 50A Year of Reflection on Peace and Security: How tracking military expenditure creates transparency and contributes to peace

SIPRI released the fourth film, 'How tracking military expenditure creates transparency and contributes to peace', in its short-film series 2016A Year of Reflection. The film features SIPRI Senior Researcher Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman, SIPRI Director Dan Smith and former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Hans Blix discussing SIPRI's military expenditure database and how it can be used by organizations around the world to facilitate peace.

Watch the fourth film or see the whole series thus far on SIPRI's YouTube channel.

This film series is produced in cooperation with Different Films Limited.

SIPRI at 50: How tracking military expenditure creates transparency and contributes to peace

Against all odds: using the SDGs to overcome fragility

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, is the first international policy to explicitly recognize peace, justice and inclusive institutions as the foundation for sustainable development. The 2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development focused on implementing this agenda in fragile contexts.

Read more in the essay by SIPRI's Gary Milante and Kate Sullivan.

Against all odds: using the SDGs to overcome fragility. Image credit: UN Photo

SIPRI releases new military expenditure data: upward trend continues

World military expenditure totalled almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, an increase of 1 per cent in real terms from 2014, according to new figures from SIPRI. The data was released to coincide with the start of the 2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development.

More information can be found in SIPRI's Fact sheet, press release and blog post. 

Graph of SIPRI's latest military expenditure data

Join SIPRI's session on the future of policing at the 2016 Security Jam between 2528 April

SIPRI will host the session 'Policing in 2025: New strategies against organized crime' at the 2016 Security Jam. The Jam, which starts today and lasts four days, brings together thousands of participants from governments, NGOs and the media for a global online security brainstorm. This year's overall theme is 'Beyond conventional security challenges'.

Find out more about the 2016 Security Jam and SIPRI's involvement this year.

2016 Security Jam

Hiroshima Declaration by G-7 foreign ministers falls short

The so-called ‘Hiroshima Declaration’ adopted on 11 April by the G-7 foreign ministers is a major disappointment and a frittering away of a solemn opportunity, in the 70th year following the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to commit to nuclear disarmament and the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Read the expert comment by SIPRI's Tariq Rauf.

Hiroshima monument, Japan

New report on anti-vehicle mine accidents during 2015


SIPRI and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have released the report 'Global Mapping and Analysis of Anti-Vehicle Mine Incidents in 2015'. The report contains new data, collected from mine action organizations and media reports, which shows that there were nearly 600 casualties of accidents from, or related to, anti-vehicle mines during 2015.

Read the report or explore the data via the online, interactive map.

Global Mapping and Analysis of Anti-Vehicle Mine Incidents in 2015

Military spending—see what’s new on SIPRI’s blog WritePeace

Military and social expenditure: The opportunity cost of world military spending

Read this and all earlier WritePeace blog contributions.

SIPRI's blog WritePeace
5-6 April 2016, Sweden
Third Stockholm Forum on Security and Development addresses the United Nations Sustainability Goals

Over 300 policymakers, researchers and practitioners assembled in Stockholm for the third annual Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. Co-hosted by SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the 2016 Forum was held in conjunction with a global meeting of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.

This year’s theme, 'Leave no one behind: building resilience by 2030', addressed issues such as bridging the development funding gap, managing complex violence and controlling the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, climate change and means of inclusivity in peacebuilding. Individual session reports are forthcoming and videos of the opening and high-level sessions are available on SIPRI's website and YouTube channel.

Contact SIPRI Programme Director Dr Gary Milante for further information.

The 2016 Stockholm Forum on Security & Development  

5 and 8 April 2016, Stimson Center, Washington, DC, and United Nations Headquarters, New York
SIPRI launches its latest military expenditure data 
Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of SIPRI's Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, presented SIPRI's latest military expenditure data at two events in the United States. The first event was co-hosted by SIPRI, the Forum on the Arms Trade and the Stimson Center and was held in Washington, DC. The second event was co-hosted by SIPRI and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Japan, and was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Watch a video of the Washington event online.

SIPRI welcomes Dr Lora Saalman as new Director of its China Programme

Dr Lora Saalman will join SIPRI as Programme Director of the China and Global Security Programme. Her work focuses on China’s cyber, nuclear, and advanced conventional weapon developments with emphasis on India, Russia and the United States. Dr Salmaan was an Associate Professor at the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu from 2013 to 2016 and holds a PhD in International Relations from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

See Dr Saalman's biography on the SIPRI website.

SIPRI's new data on world military expenditure was covered in more than 2500 media outlets. For more details, please contact SIPRI's Director of Communications, Stephanie Blenckner.

>>Jair van der Lijn spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about South Sudan.

>>Ian Anthony co-authored an article published online by the World Economic Forum on nuclear security and was quoted by Real Clear World in an article about Donald Trump, NATO and Europe's security.

>>Neil Melvin commented to the Parliament magazine on the EU's role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

>> More SIPRI in the media ...


New SIPRI publication on military expenditure

SIPRI issued the new Fact Sheet: Trends in world military expenditure, 2015 by Sam Perlo-Freeman, Aude Fleurant, Pieter D. Wezeman and Siemon T. Wezeman.

Global military expenditure in 2015 was an estimated $1676 billion, representing an increase of about 1.0 per cent in real terms from 2014. Total expenditure was equivalent to 2.3 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). This is the first increase in world military spending since 2011. The total rose continuously for 13 years from 1998 to 2011, before decreasing slightly between 2011 and 2014.

From 5 April 2016 the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database includes newly released information on military expenditure in 2015. This Fact Sheet describes the global, regional and national trends in military expenditure that are revealed by the new data.

Download the SIPRI Fact sheet.

SIPRI Fact Sheet: Trends in world military expenditure, 2015
New Publication on ICT Systems
Mark Bromley, Kees Jan Steenhoek, Simone Halink, and Evelien Wijkstra, 'ICT Surveillance Systems: Trade Policy and the Application of Human Security Concerns’, Strategic Trade Review, Spring 2016, Issue no. 2.

Read the paper here.


SIPRI Yearbook 2015

The 46th edition of the SIPRI Yearbook is a compendium of data and analysis in the areas of security and conflicts; military spending and armaments; and non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament. It covers developments during 2014, including:

  • aspects of the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine;
  • regional military-security trends in East Asia;
  • military spending in the USA;
  • the continued negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear programme; and
  • the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Download a summary of the SIPRI Yearbook 2015.
Browse the contents page.


SIPRI Yearbook 2015
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