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Climate security, autonomy in weapon systems and highlights from 2016

The SIPRI Update on peace and security
SIPRI Update: January 2017
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SIPRI highlights 2016
SIPRI highlights of 2016
SIPRI celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 against a backdrop of major shifts in global peace and security. This blog post presents some of SIPRI's key moments during the past 12 months.  
See SIPRI's highlights of 2016
SIPRI climate report launch December 2016
SIPRI presents climate security report to Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The impacts of climate change pose broad and complex security risks. Policy communities, including foreign affairs, defence, environment and development, must respond by incorporating climate-related security risks in their work. The SIPRI report Climate-related Security Risks: Towards an Integrated Approach suggests concrete steps to achieve this, and was launched at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in December.
Read the full report (72 pages)
Read a policy brief that summarizes the full report (4 pages)
Read a related policy brief about the UN Security Council (12 pages)
Watch a video of the report launch event
Bogota, Colombia. Photo: Flickr / Pedro Szekely
SIPRI database of Arms Trade Treaty activities now covers Latin America and the Caribbean
With around 9% of the world's population but 27% of all recorded homicides, states in Latin America and the Caribbean are working to improve arms control instruments, such as the Arms Trade Treaty. SIPRI aims to support states in this task by providing an online database of Arms Trade Treaty-relevant activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Read more about the database project
Visit the database

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Monitoring military expenditure
SIPRI provides the only long-term, historically consistent series of military expenditure data with global coverage available today. This topical backgrounder looks at how and why SIPRI invests time in this endeavour.
Read the topical backgrounder

13 February 2017
The CTBT: How can we prevent a new era of nuclear testing?
SIPRI in cooperation with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs will host an event on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty as a pillar of the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. The event will be opened by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Söder, and moderated by SIPRI Director Dan Smith. Key-note speakers will be the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Lassina Zerbo, and former Minister for Foreign Affairs and IAEA Director General Hans Blix. The event will be live-streamed.
Please contact Stephanie Blenckner for details

17–18 January 2017
Russia–China rapprochement and its impact on Asia and Europe
Russia increasingly views its relationship with China as a ‘strategic’ one, while China has begun to view closer links with Russia as an opportunity. This workshop looked at the evolving nature of Russia–China relations in areas including energy and resources, cyberspace, conventional arms trade and nuclear weapon modernization.
See event details

Job vacancy: Senior Researcher, The Mali Project
SIPRI is looking for a Senior Researcher and Activity Coordinator to work as part of the team on the project 'Building Sustainable Peace in Mali'.
See the job announcement for details

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Factoring Russia into the US–Chinese equation on hypersonic glide vehicles
This SIPRI insights paper seeks to take the current dyadic approach to US–Chinese competition in the field of hypersonic glide vehicles and to insert Russia as a factor that is shaping China’s views on the subject. Presenting the key takeaways from 872 of 1,675 surveyed Chinese-language texts, the author reviews more than a decade of research on hypersonic and boost-glide technologies, revealing a growing Chinese interest in Russia.
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Mapping the development of autonomy in weapon systems
This working paper aims to clarify some basic understandings about autonomy: what it is, how it applies to weapon systems, how it works, how it is created and what the key technological enablers are. It is based on a substantial review of the literature as well as a background series of interviews with experts from various expert communities.
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Mapping the innovation ecosystem driving the advance of autonomy in weapon systems
This working paper explores the ‘innovation ecosystem’ that is driving the development of autonomy in weapon systems. It maps out where relevant innovations are taking place from three different perspectives: (a) a science and technology perspective (the field of research and development, R&D), (b) a geographical perspective (the location of key R&D institutions), and (c) a sector perspective (whether innovation is driven by civil or military research).
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SIPRI Yearbook 2016
The 47th 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 2015, including:
  • aspects of the conflicts in the Middle East;
  • the role and impact of international sanctions on Iran;
  • the ongoing peace process in Mali; and
  • the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Browse the contents page
Download the summary (pdf)