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SIPRI Update November 2019: New studies on the Civilian CSDP, reflections on the state of the world and more


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SIPRI Update: November 2019
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New SIPRI/Cordaid study on legitimate stability in CAR and the DRC

A new series of joint reports from SIPRI and the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid) on securing legitimate stability in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are now available. The reports coincide with the renewal of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Read more | Watch Spotlight: Perceptions of Security in the DRC


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New study on the socio-economic impact of anti-vehicle mines in Angola
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), SIPRI and King’s College London have released a new study on the socio-economic impact of anti-vehicle mines (AVM) in Angola. The study outlines the socio-economic impact of AVM contamination and benefits of AVM clearance on sustainable development. The findings contribute to guiding the development of evidence-based research on the socio-economic impact of mine action.  

Read more | Download the study


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SIPRI hosts launch event on the Civilian CSDP Compact in Brussels

On 13 November, SIPRI held a launch event for two policy briefs on the EU Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Compact. An expert panel discussed the research findings and explored means of embedding them in a broader and forward-looking perspective. The event took place one year after the establishment of the Civilian CSDP Compact and on the eve of the first Annual Review Conference.


Read more | Download the Policy Briefs


New SIPRI report examines peace operations and the challenges of organized crime
Is the state of the world as bad as it looks?
On 18 November, SIPRI’s distinguished Governing Board came together at Nordiska Museet for an engaging discussion on the state of the world today—the risks and challenges, and the prospects for peace and security. For the Board, which draws on a diverse range of exceptional expertise, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. The discussion also hinted at a number reasons to be optimistic about the state of the world.

Watch the recorded live stream


Strengthening the ban on chemical weapons: The case of Syria
Gender training for police peacekeepers: Approaching two decades of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
As Resolution 1325 approaches its 20th anniversary, Dr Marina Caparini takes stock of how it has changed the way in which the UN acts by focusing on the training of police peacekeepers.

Read the SIPRI Topical Backgrounder


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Language matters: The women, peace and security agenda in Japan and South Korea
Yeonju Jung and Ayako Tsujisaka examine Japan and South Korea’s approaches to the UN’s women, peace and security agenda and how the two countries have shaped their development and humanitarian aid policies.

Read the SIPRI WritePeace blog


28 November 2019
Implementation of the humanitarian, development, peacebuilding nexus

In recent years, increased focus has been placed on the triple nexus, a consensus-building on the interdependencies and complementarities that exist between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding work. The event will discuss institutional responses that apply nexus approaches and principles, reinforced with case studies and experiences from the field.

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5 December 2019
Syria and global order: A European perspective

This panel discussion will assess how the Syrian conflict has reshaped the strategic relationships in the Middle East both at global level and between key regional actors. Furthermore, the panel will analyse the various sub-conflicts in the Syria crisis, and what lessons can be drawn from Syria regarding warfare techniques and the role of non-state actors. Participation is by invitation only. 

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4 November 2019

European Union–Eastern Partnership relations: Challenges and future opportunities

As the Eastern Partnership marks its 10th anniversary this year, the EU and Ukraine are both under new leadership. This panel discussion assessed the current challenges and future opportunities for the EU’s relations to the east, with a special focus on Ukraine. The event was organized in collaboration with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Sweden.

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One current opening

SIPRI is currently recruiting for one position:

  • Research Assistant, Emerging military and security technologies

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Towards a more gender-balanced European Union CSDP

When the EU’s member states established the Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy Compact (CSDP), they committed to actively promoting a better representation of women at all levels in the missions. To deliver on this commitment, the EU should follow the example of other organizations and elaborate a gender parity strategy for civilian CSDP.

Read the Policy Brief


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Towards a more capable European Union Civilian CSDP

When the Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy Compact was established, a commitment was made to increasing the number and share of seconded personnel in missions. To deliver on this, EU member states should contribute more personnel to missions, participate in more missions, and provide more generic and mission support capabilities.

Read the Policy Brief


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The World Food Programme’s Contribution to Improving the Prospects for Peace in El Salvador

The study contains detailed findings from field research in El Salvador as part of a wider knowledge partnership between SIPRI and the WFP. In the light of its complex context—where humanitarian, development and peace agendas intersect—El Salvador was selected along with three other countries (Iraq, Kyrgyzstan and Mali) for pilot phase research.

Read the Working Paper


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The socio-economic impact of anti-vehicle mines in Angola

The humanitarian and developmental impact of anti-vehicle mines (AVMs) is relevant in post-conflict reconstruction efforts. This pilot study describes the impact of anti-vehicle mines contamination on socio-economic development and the benefits of their clearance on sustainable development. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals serve as a framework to measure the impact of clearance on agriculture, infrastructure and access to social services.

Read the publication


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Security and justice in CAR and the DRC: International aims, local expectations

This policy briefs explores the underlying assumptions of interventions by international non-governmental organizations and United Nations peace operations in the provision of security and justice. It compares them with the perceptions and experiences of local population in the Central African Republic and in South Kivu province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Read the Policy Brief


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EU foreign and security policy on climate-related security risks

This SIPRI Policy Brief analyses EU responses within its foreign and security policy to climate-related security risks, focusing on developments since the release of the 2016 EU Global Strategy. It concludes that the EU already has several instruments at its disposal but the EU and its member states need to raise their ambitions.

Read the Policy Brief


SIPRI Yearbook 2019
SIPRI Yearbook 2019
The 50th 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 2018, including:
  • the state of nuclear arms control;
  • transparency in military spending;
  • UN peacekeeping reform; and
  • allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria and the United Kingdom.

Browse the contents page | Read the summary (PDF) | Order SIPRI Yearbook 2019