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Peacekeeping operations, Brexit and the Stockholm Security Conference

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SIPRI at 50A Year of Reflection on Peace and Security: How peace operations are changing

SIPRI released the seventh film in its short-film series 2016—A Year of Reflection. The film features SIPRI Researchers Xenia Avezov and Timo Smit discussing current trends in peace operations and how SIPRI's data and analysis can inform decision-makers.

Watch the seventh 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: Peace operations

Brexit and export controls: Entering uncharted waters

The UK's vote to leave the EU will have strong implications for its export controls. SIPRI's Mark Bromley looks at how easily the UK could extract its own export control legislation from EU regulations and whether this could lead to increased arms exports, both by the UK and EU member states.

Read the topical backgrounder.

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Transparency and accountability in military spending

SIPRI's military expenditure data is regarded as some of the best in the world. In this topical backgrounder, Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman, Head of SIPRI's Military Expenditure Project, looks at why transparency and accountability are so important in military spending, and the major problem of corruption in the military.

Read the topical backgrounder.

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How Brexit could be bad news for peace—see what’s new on SIPRI’s blog WritePeace

Brexit: Bad news for peace?

Read all earlier WritePeace blog contributions.

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1 September 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
The Yongbyon nuclear complex and its role in nuclear testing in North Korea
Dr Yongsoo Hwang will give a lecture at SIPRI discussing the technical capabilities of North Korea's nuclear complex in Yongbyon in light of the January 2016 nuclear tests. He will analyse the recent building work at the complex and what it means for security in the region. Dr Hwang is the Director General for the Centre of Strategic Policy and Research in the Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control (KINAC).

See the SIPRI website for registration instructions.

2 September 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
Autonomous technologies and their societal impact
SIPRI will host a workshop on how autonomous technologies could imapct societyin both positive and negative wayswith a particular focus on European issues. Presentations will cover technological, environmental, cultural, structural, political and socio-economic factors.

Contact SIPRI's Dr Vincent Boulanin for more information and visit the SIPRI website for registration instructions.

14–16 September 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm Security Conference: Secure Cities
In a rapidly urbanizing world, the safety and security of our cities is more vital than ever. SIPRI’s inaugural Stockholm Security Conference on Secure Cities, hosted in collaboration with the City of Stockholm and in the presence of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, marks the beginning of a new initiative aimed at identifying and managing some of the world’s most pressing urban security risks. Drawing on SIPRI’s world-leading network of security experts, the conference will bring together more than one hundred top policymakers, C-suite business executives, researchers and other key stakeholders to share knowledge on urban security, stimulate debate and enable networking between diverse groups.

See the conference website or contact SIPRI's Theresa Höghammar for further details.

27–28 July 2016, Berlin, Germany
SIPRI participated in expert workshop on violent extremism
SIPRI's Jiayi Zhou and Kate Sullivan participated in an expert workshop on violent extremism co-hosted by the US Institute for Peace's RESOLVE Network and the Global Public Policy Institute. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the world, the workshop identified a series of project models designed to overcome barriers to cross-disciplinary research on the drivers of violent extremism and the effectiveness of different interventions and policy approaches. SIPRI's participation in the workshop served to inform its newly established network on Peacebuilding and Violent Extremism (PaVE), which facilitates knowledge sharing between institutions and leading researchers in the field.

Visit the RESOLVE Network website or contact Jiayi Zhou or Kate Sullivan for more information.


New Senior Researcher in Conflict and Peace
SIPRI welcomes Dr Grégory Chauzal who will work as a Senior Researcher and Head of the Mali Project.

Janet Meurling
Janet Meurling, a former SIPRI librarian for over 20 years, passed away on 12 July 2016, aged 90. Read her obituary on the SIPRI website.

Walther Stützle
Dr Walther Stütle, SIPRI Director from 1986 to 1991, passed away on 8 August 2016, aged 74. Read SIPRI's tribute to him online.

>>Pieter Wezeman appeared on France 24 TV to talk about the high volumes of arms transfers to the Middle East. He also spoke to Radio Free Europe Farda about Russia's possible violation of the arms embargo on Iran.

>>Shannon Kile was quoted in an article by Deutsche Welle regarding news that President Obama is considering a no-first-use nuclear policy.

>>Siemon Wezeman talked to Reuters about reports that Viet Nam has moved rocket launchers to its islands in the South China Sea.

Contact SIPRI's Director of Communications Stephanie Blenckner for more information.


New SIPRI publication on space activities

SIPRI issued the EU Non-proliferation paper No. 51: The security of space activities by Gerard Brachet.

The secure and sustainable use of outer space has become a concern. More than 60 nations and regional governmental organizations operate satellites in Earth orbit and a large number of private companies operate commercial satellite systems. The number of systems deployed in low Earth orbit and on the geostationary ring creates new risks of interference and of physical collision.

Several initiatives have emerged in recent years to establish the ‘rules of the road’ in outer space, including work from China and Russia, the EU and the UN General Assembly. Despite this flurry of activity, disagreements persist and no concrete measures have been agreed so far. If it wants to be a significant actor, the EU needs to step up its efforts to reinforce its voice in international discussions on the security of outer space activities.

Download the publication.

EU NPC paper No 51: The security of space activities
New publication on social cohesion
SIPRI and the University of Central Asia commissioned the report 'Measuring Social Cohesion in the Kyrgyz Republic: The Social Cohesion Index'.

Read the report and find out more about SIPRI's Social Cohesion through Community-Based Development project.


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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