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SIPRI Update: November 2017
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New SIPRI study on autonomy in weapon systems
SIPRI published a new report, Mapping the Development of Autonomy in Weapon Systems, which aims to shed light on the current developments in autonomy in weapon systems. The report provides important insights for informed international discussions. To launch the report, SIPRI hosted a side event at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss the findings at the meeting of the Group of Governmental Experts of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS).  
Read the announcement | Download the report | Spotlight interview with Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill, Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts on LAWS
3D printing and export controls on missile technology: Challenges and ways forward
SIPRI launched the new Background Paper ‘3D printing and missile technology controls’, originally part of a compendium of research papers compiled by the Missile Technology Control Regime on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.  
Read the announcement | Download the report
SIPRI researcher presents findings at the Dakar International Forum
Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, Head of the SIPRI Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme, was featured on a panel discussion on peacekeeping arrangements between intergovernmental organizations at the recent Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.
Read more | Download the final report of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations II: Africa
New SIPRI research on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road
SIPRI and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will continue their cooperation on researching China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from a security perspective. A policy report culminating the research will be published next year. While the work will concentrate on the EU’s foreign and security interests, it will be of interest to all Maritime Silk Road stakeholders.
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SIPRI Yearbook 2017: Additional summary translations, plus free sample chapters
This 48th edition of the Yearbook follows the volume’s esteemed tradition of identifying and analysing the current trends relating to armaments and disarmament. SIPRI is pleased to make available free sample chapters, as well as Yearbook summary translations in Catalan, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.  
Download the summaries | Read the sample chapter: ‘Sustaining peace and sustainable development in dangerous places’ [PDF] | Read the sample chapter: ‘Coping with crises: forced displacement in fragile contexts’ [PDF] | Order a print copy of the SIPRI Yearbook

From Hollywood to the battlefield: Violence against women affects us all
In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, this blog makes recommendations for analysts and policymakers across the field of development and peace.
Read the WritePeace blog
North Korea and the USA: Are there ways out?
Dan Smith gives his take on the current situation in North Korea, suggesting where there could be opportunities for setting up a reasonable security relationship with states in North East Asia.
Read the WritePeace blog | Watch the Peace Points episode

12–13 December 2017
SIPRI to partner on Planetary Security Conference
SIPRI will be a partner in the upcoming Planetary Security Conference in the Hague. This year’s theme is ‘From Analysis to Action’, and SIPRI will host a session entitled ‘UN Security Council: What role for action on climate-security risks?’
Read about the conference | Read more about the session SIPRI will host
12–13 December 2017
SIPRI to convene annual EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference
SIPRI will host the forthcoming 2017 EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference at Egmont Palace in Brussels on 12–13 December 2017. The conference aims to encourage discussion within civil society—particularly among experts, researchers and academics—about measures to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.
Read more about the conference | Download a draft agenda [PDF] | Read more about the Consortium
8 December 2017
Frontiers in climate, resilience and security
SIPRI, together with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Stockholm Resilience Centre will host a high level seminar to reflect on strategies to address climate-related security challenges.
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14 December 2017
Security and Economy on the Belt and Road
SIPRI will hold a roundtable discussion based on the release of a new report on the security implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
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17 December 2017
Launch of the Arabic translation of the SIPRI Yearbook
SIPRI will launch the Arabic translation of the SIPRI Yearbook in Alexandria, Egypt, in cooperation with the Swedish Institute of Alexandria. The edition was made possible by the work of SIPRI’s translation partner, the Centre for Arab Unity Studies (CAUS) of Beirut. For further details, please contact Alexandra Manolache, SIPRI Communications Officer (
9 November 2017
Vanishing water landscapes: Perceptions of water, scarcity and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa
SIPRI hosted a discussion on water crisis and its implications for a conflict-ridden Middle East and North Africa. The event featured a keynote speech from Dr Francesca de Chatel.
Read more | Watch the event livestream
29 November 2017
The ATT Third Conference of States Parties and the future prospects for conventional arms control: Strengthening the global and regional framework
In cooperation with the Finnish Embassy, SIPRI hosted a roundtable featuring a keynote address from Ambassador Klaus Korhonen of Finland, who served as the president of the ATT Third Conference of States Parties. The informal discussion explored the current state of conventional arms control. For further details, please contact Mark Bromley, Co-Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme (
Watch a Spotlight interview with Ambassador Klaus Korhonen
29 November 2017
Book launch: Effective, Legitimate, Secure: Insights for Defense Institution Building
SIPRI and the US National Defense University co-hosted the European launch of the new book Effective, Legitimate, Secure: Insights for Defense Institution Building. Dr Gary Milante, Director of SIPRI's Peace and Development Programme—who contributed to the volume—provided insights related to the book's coverage of the development sector.
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SIPRI publication
Mapping the Development of Autonomy in Weapon Systems
This report presents the key findings and recommendations from a one-year mapping study on the development of autonomy in weapon systems. The report aims to help diplomats and members of civil society interested in the issue of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) to improve their understanding of the technological foundations of autonomy, and obtain a sense of the speed and trajectory of progress of autonomy in weapon systems.
Read the publication
SIPRI publication
3D printing and missile technology controls
Additive manufacturing (AM), also referred to as ‘3D printing’, is a rapidly developing technology. This SIPRI Background Paper takes stock of the current state of the art of the technology by explaining its basic features and by highlighting the level of maturity and spread of AM applications in the aerospace sector. Building on this review, it discusses the specific challenges that AM poses to export controls by examining existing controls and proposals for new controls on transfers of AM machines, feedstock materials and digital build files. The report also proposes potential ways forward for the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and the other multilateral export control regimes, for national export control authorities and for companies involved in AM.
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SIPRI publication
SIPRI Yearbook 2017
The 48th 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 2016, including:
  • aspects of the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa;
  • the peace agreement in Colombia;
  • forced displacement in fragile contexts; and
  • the sustaining peace framework of the United Nations.
Browse the contents page | Read the summary (pdf)
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