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New peace operations data, the Stockholm Forum, security perceptions in Mali, and more

The SIPRI Update on peace and security
SIPRI Update: June 2017
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Map of peace operations 2017
New SIPRI data on multilateral peace operations
This month SIPRI released new data on multilateral peace operations. The data shows that the number of personnel deployed in peace operations in 2016 was 6 per cent lower than in 2015, even though the number of peace operations remained roughly the same.  
Read about trends in the data | Download a map of the data (pdf)
Opening session at the 2017 Stockholm Forum
Highlights from 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development
SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs hosted the fourth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development in May. This year's Forum focused on 'what works' in preventing conflict and sustaining peace, with participants sharing practices and experiences from different contexts.  
Read the backgrounder | Watch the video
The Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali
SIPRI in Mali: New study on local security perceptions
SIPRI Associate Senior Fellow Sten Hagberg presents results from a new study exploring how residents in two Malian municipalities experience and define security. The study is part of SIPRI's ongoing project in Mali aimed at supporting civil society in building sustainable peace in the country.
Read more | Find out more about SIPRI's Mali project
Meeting on the global arms trade
SIPRI hosts event on global arms trade
Ahead of a major conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to be held later this year, SIPRI hosted an event on the global arms trade and the role that transparency instruments can play in stopping illegal and irresponsible arms transfers.  
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SIPRI's Dr Damir Esenaliev talks at the summer school
SIPRI concludes summer school on social cohesion
SIPRI and the University of Central Asia concluded a week-long summer school on social cohesion held in Kyrgyzstan. Bringing together experts from four Central Asian countries, the summer school aimed to build capacity among regional academics and practitioners, particularly in the area of data and empirical methods.
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Map of ethnic diversity in Africa
Cultural diversity for dialogue and development
Given today’s conflicts, political uncertainties and support for nationalism, it is important to be reminded of the benefits that diversity brings to development. This blog post explores old and new research on the links between ethnicity, culture and development.
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Cotton farmer in Kyrgyzstan
Eurasian Economic Union policies and practice in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan’s experience as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) from mid 2015 to late 2016 has been largely frustrating, although any analysis is complicated by the regional economic and political shocks during this time.
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African Union Heads of State at the African Union's 50th anniversary summit in 2013
The African Union’s road to financial independence: Pragmatic or ideological?
In this guest blog post, Maria Osula discusses the African Union's ambitious self-financing programme and how this relates to ownership of peacebuilding inititatives on the continent.
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13–15 September 2017
2017 Stockholm Security Conference
SIPRI and the Swedish Riksdag will host the second Stockholm Security Conference, this year with a focus on ‘Secure Cities in an Insecure World’. The conference will gather leading representatives from the political, academic and business worlds, as well as civil society, to explore today's security challenges and opportunities for cities. They will discuss how current global trends and strains—climate change, migration, war, terrorism, crime and technological innovation—affect people in cities, and how can cities respond.
Read more | Watch short interviews from the 2016 Conference

29 May 2017
SIPRI welcomes Jan Eliasson as Chair of Governing Board
SIPRI held an event thanking Ambassador Sven-Olof Petersson for his work as Chair of SIPRI's Governing Board. The event was also an opportunity to welcome Ambassador Jan Eliasson as the new Chair, who formally took up his position on 1 June 2017.
Watch Jan Eliasson talk about global security trends
17–18 May 2017
Internal Compliance Programme workshop
SIPRI and the US Department of State hosted a two-day Internal Compliance Programme (ICP) roundtable workshop, focusing on sector- and actor-specific challenges and good practices regarding internal compliance with strategic trade controls.
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SIPRI has three staff vacancies
SIPRI currently has vacancies for the following roles:
Senior Researcher, nuclear weapon issues
Personal Assistant to the Director
Office Assistant
All staff vacancies are announced on the SIPRI website.

SIPRI publication
Emerging Chinese–Russian cooperation in the Arctic
Engaging China with regard to Arctic development has become more and more appealing for Russia, while China is keen to further strengthen its engagement and role in the Arctic. At first glance, Chinese–Russian cooperation on developing energy resources and sea routes in the Russian Arctic looks like an objective that China and Russia could work on closely together and have complementary interests. This report asks the question: is it that simple?
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SIPRI publication
Phosphate fertilizers as a proliferation-relevant source of uranium
A historical and often overlooked source of uranium for weapons and nuclear power is the extraction of uranium from phosphate fertilizers. In this way, uranium can be acquired legally but in an undeclared fashion, invisible to international commerce and export controls. The fertilizer industry is not normally seen as an industry that enables nuclear weapon acquisition through the use of dual-use equipment, but past events and current international trade practices clearly demonstrate that better-informed export controls and end-user processes are required.
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SIPRI Yearbook 2016
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 | Read the summary (pdf)