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SIPRI at 50A Year of Reflection on Peace and Security: Peacebuilding in Mali and why supporting civil society matters

SIPRI released the fifth film in its short-film series 2016—A Year of Reflection. The film features Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson discussing the need for improved international coordination for peace and security, and SIPRI Senior Researcher Dr Gaudence Nyirabikali describing SIPRI’s ongoing support to Malian civil society’s peacebuilding efforts.

Watch the fifth 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: Peacebuilding in Mali

Conference report from the 2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development now available

A product of the 2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development, the conference report comprises session summaries, policy briefs and insights into the event’s theme, ‘Leave no one behind: building resilience by 2030’. The policy briefs, developed together with several partner institutions, cover a range of topics explored during the Forum and are available as stand-alone documents. The conference report and individual policy briefs are available for download.

Contact Dr Gary Milante or Kate Sullivan for additional information.

2016 Stockholm Forum Opening Session

Amendment to the convention on the physical protection of nuclear material

On 8 May the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material entered into force. The amendment marks an important milestone in the global effort to strengthen the security of nuclear materials and reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism and smuggling.

Read the assessment on the context and potential impacts of the amendment by SIPRI's Tariq Rauf.



Former SIPRI Director Alyson J. K. Bailes passes away

On 29 April Alyson Bailes, former SIPRI Director, British diplomat and scholar, passed away. 

Read SIPRI’s tribute to her memory.


Alyson Bailes

Eastern Ukraine and Minsk II—see what’s new on SIPRI’s blog WritePeace

Cacophony of the Minsk Process

Read this and all earlier WritePeace blog contributions.


SIPRI's blog WritePeace
23 May 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
Insecurity and the refugee ‘crisis’? Whose crisis? Whose security?

SIPRI and the Italian Embassy hosted a discussion on the refugee crisis and its impacts in Europe. Italy’s Ambassador to Sweden, HE Elena Basile, opened the discussion by highlighting the need for greater cooperation on migration and offering the recently proposed Migration Compact as one way forward. Panellists, who included Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, former Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board and former High Commissioner on National Minorities at the OSCE, Marcello Di Filippo, Associate Professor at the University of Pisa, and Lina Grip, a Researcher in SIPRI’s European Security Programme, explored the challenges and opportunities posed by refugee flows to Europe as well as the legal obligations of states and their shared responsibility in managing the so-called crisis.

Watch clips of the event on SIPRI’s YouTube channel. For more information, contact Lina Grip.

Insecurity and the refugee crisis panel discussion  

17 May 2016, Solna, Sweden
Security in Europe: Is it a new cold war? Or how to avoid one. 
In light of deteriorating relations between Western allies and Russia, panellists from SIPRI’s Governing Board debated the root causes of the growing division as well as what could be done to bridge it. Ambassador Sven-Olof Petersson, former Swedish diplomat, Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Dr Vladimir Baranovsky, Deputy Director of the Russian research institute IMEMO, participated in the discussion.

A video of the event will be out soon.

Researcher/Senior Researcher, Military Expenditure project
SIPRI is seeking a talented and motivated researcher to run the SIPRI military expenditure database while its manager is on leave.

For more details, see the job announcement on the SIPRI website.

>>Aude Fleurant addressed US-foreign military sales with the International Business Times focusing on buyers in the Middle East.

>>Neil Melvin discussed the Nagoro-Karabakh conflict with bne Intellinews.

>>Pieter Wezeman spoke with Business Insider about NATO member states' weapon-production capacity with regardto NATO defence spending guidelines.

>>Gary Milante spoke to PolitiFact about poverty reduction in fragile contexts.

>> 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 fact sheet.

SIPRI Fact Sheet: Trends in world military expenditure, 2015

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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