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SIPRI Update: May 2017
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Anti-desertification sand fences in Morocco
SIPRI starts new programme on geopolitical dynamics and global environmental change
This month SIPRI and its partners launched Mistra Geopolitics, a large-scale, interdisciplinary programme examining the impact of climate and environmental change on today’s geopolitical landscape.  
Read more | Read the programme's fact sheet (pdf)
Map of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2016
New global report tracks anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2016
SIPRI and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have released a new global report of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2016. The report finds 181 incidents related, or suspected to be related, to anti-vehicle mines in 22 states and territories in 2016.  
Read more | Read the report
Chinese translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2015
Chinese translations of SIPRI Yearbook editions 2011 to 2015 available online
SIPRI is pleased to make the Chinese translations of SIPRI Yearbook editions 2011 to 2015 available online. The SIPRI Yearbook provides an overview of developments in international security, military expenditure, the arms trade and arms production, and armed conflicts, along with efforts to control conventional, nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
Read more | View all translations of the SIPRI Yearbook
Dordoy Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Call for papers and session proposals: Life in Kyrgyzstan conference
The third annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference will take place in Bishkek on 12–13 October 2017. SIPRI, as one of the organizers of the conference, welcomes proposals for individual research papers and entire sessions on the topic of socio-economic development in Central Asia.  
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SIPRI Director, Dan Smith and Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, Hidehiko Yuzaki
SIPRI signs cooperation agreement with Hiroshima Prefecture
SIPRI welcomed representatives from the Hiroshima Prefectural Government, led by Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki, during a visit earlier this month. The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding future work towards nuclear disarmament.
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Peace Points with Dan Smith opening titles
New Peace Points episodes released
SIPRI is pleased to announce the production of three new episodes of the series Peace Points. In these episodes, SIPRI Director Dan Smith discusses the 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, the new cooperation agreement between SIPRI and the Hiroshima Prefecture, and the recent global cyber attacks.  
Watch the Peace Points series on YouTube

The Rialto Bridge in Venice
The EU: Pondering strategic engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative
The EU has so far reacted hesitantly to China's Belt and Road Initiative amid concerns over transparency, feasability and sustainability. However, it risks being left behind as China takes a stronger lead in shaping the Eurasian landscape.
Read the backgrounder
The Russian icebreaker '50 Years of Victory' in the Arctic in 2015
The status of Chinese–Russian energy cooperation in the Arctic
Climate change has accelerated the melting of the Arctic ice, making the region's oil and gas reserves more accessible. This backgrounder looks at the status of Chinese–Russian energy cooperation in the Arctic.
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Participants at the 23rd Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Conference in 2016
The need for dialogue on common security challenges in Europe
Dr Lars-Erik Lundin looks back at the role of dialogue in resolving past European security challenges and argues that a similar approach is needed today.
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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

3–4 May 2017
2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development
SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs hosted the 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development with the theme of ‘Sustaining Peace: What Works?’. The 2017 Stockholm Forum brought together over 200 policymakers and practitioners from around the world to identify good practice in peacebuilding interventions and assess how such approaches might be modified to meet the needs of other contexts.
Watch videos of the high-level sessions | Read blog posts from Forum partners | See highlights in a Forum partner video

SIPRI publication
Engagement on nuclear disarmament between nuclear weapon-possessing states and non-nuclear weapon states
As preparations commence in Vienna for the 2020 Review Conference of the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), differences between the non-nuclear weapon states parties (NNWS) and the nuclear-weapon states (NWS) on the pace and extent of nuclear disarmament are widening. This paper discusses two possible ways to bridge these differences: (a) review the roles and responsibilities of states possessing nuclear weapons and non-nuclear weapon states; and (b) consider transparency measures concerning nuclear weapons that contribute to preventing detonations by accident or in war and facilitating disarmament.
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SIPRI publication
The European Union and weapons of mass destruction: A follow-on to the global strategy?
The EU should undertake a new and dedicated effort to deal with the problems related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). More specifically, one or more new strategy documents are required and, in this context, the EU should also pursue WMD-related contingency planning to increase preparedness and prevent or counter crises. If the EU does not undertake these efforts, something much more will be at stake than the effectiveness of EU programmes in the areas of non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.
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SIPRI publication
Global mapping and analysis of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2016
This report from SIPRI and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) presents and analyses anti-vehicle mine (AVM) incident data from 2016. It finds 181 incidents in 2016 that were related or suspected to be related to AVMs in 22 states and territories. This represents a minor increase compared to 2015, when 178 incidents were recorded in 25 states and territories.
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Influence by default: Europe’s impact on military security in East Asia
Declining defence budgets within Europe, and rising budgets—and tensions—in parts of Asia, mean there is a new imperative for EU member states and EU-based companies to target the region for sales. Indeed, EU-based suppliers have also shown a growing willingness to offer generous technology transfer agreements in order to conclude deals. This policy brief from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) seeks to give an account of these trends to better understand the impact of EU member states on the Asian military balance.
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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)