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SIPRI Update October 2019: Climate change and peacebuilding in Somalia, new film on central Mali and more


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SIPRI Update: October 2019
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Somali men on motorcycles ride along a road 6 August 2012, opposite the parliament building in the Somali capital, Mogadishu
Climate change challenges the future success of peacebuilding—new SIPRI study on Somalia
Climate change poses serious challenges to current and future peacebuilding missions, according to a new SIPRI Policy Paper that studies the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). Climate change amplifies existing challenges and creates opportunities for radical groups to expand their influence. At the same time, climate change forces UN missions to think innovatively with UNSOM proving to be an encouraging example. While there is still room for improvement, UNSOM’s new initiatives may help to deliver responses that meet the short-term need for a rapid humanitarian response and the long-term objective of achieving a sustainable and resilient society.  

Read more | Read the Policy Paper


Niger River in central Mali, still image from film.
SIPRI and partners present new film on central Mali
This month, SIPRI, the European Union (EU) and Point Sud released a new film on governance, security and socio-economic conditions in central Mali. The film is entitled ‘Akili Sigui: The Peaceful Way’ and explores the future that Malians envisage and how that future can be realized. It is part of a three-year project called ‘Mali: Centre for Security and Development’.  

Read more | Watch the film


SIPRI Yearbook launch event at the Razumkov Centre.
Ukrainian translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2018 now available
SIPRI launched the Ukrainian translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2018 during an event in Kyiv held at the Razumkov Centre (the Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies). For many policymakers and experts in Ukraine, the translated edition of the SIPRI Yearbook has become one of the most reliable sources of data and analytical information in the areas of international security, arms control and non-proliferation.  

Read more | Download the Ukrainian translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2018


Launch event of the Russian translation of the SIPRI Yearbook 2018
Russian translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2018 now available
SIPRI launched the Russian translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2018 at an event in Moscow held in cooperation with the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). A special supplement to the translation, Russia: Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, was also released at the launch event.

Read more | Download the Russian translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2018


UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and SIPRI Director, Dan Smith sign a collaboration agreement.
SIPRI and the UNHCR form knowledge partnership
This month, SIPRI and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees formed a knowledge partnership. The knowledge partnership will analyse—through the lens of the humanitarian–development–peacebuilding nexus—the multiple root causes of forced displacement. To launch the partnership, Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, and Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, signed a Collaboration Agreement in Stockholm.

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Police officer stands guard at a police cordon point while army ATO defuse a bomb in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Police Reform in Northern Ireland: Achievements and Future Challenges
A key objective of Northern Ireland’s peace process was a fundamental transformation of the relationship between the police and society, with the aim of achieving ‘a police service capable of attracting and sustaining support from the community as a whole’. Now, with the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU looming and a declaration by the Real Irish Republican Army that any post-Brexit border infrastructure would be ‘a legitimate target for attack’, it is timely to review the peace process in Northern Ireland through the lens of policing. 

Read the Topical Backgrounder


Exterior of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
Revising the EU Dual-use Regulation: Challenges and opportunities for the trilogue process
The 2009 EU Dual-use Regulation creates a common legal basis for EU member states’ controls on the trade in ‘dual-use items’. In mid-October 2019 the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council began a ‘trilogue’ process before a new version of the EU Dual-use Regulation is adopted. This Topical Backgrounder is aimed at informing the trilogue process by providing a better understanding of the positions of the three parties on a selection of key issues.

Read the Topical Backgrounder



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. In Ukraine, the population still supports accession to the EU but increasingly believes that it must map out an independent path with its neighbours. The general orientation of Ukraine remains to the West, but the new leaders may want to promote a better relationship with Russia—to the degree that is possible. The panel discussion will assess the current challenges and future opportunities for EU relations with its partners in Eastern Europe, with a special focus on Ukraine.

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28 November 2019
Global Learning Breakfast Meeting: The Humanitarian–Development–Peacebuilding Nexus

SIPRI––together with the International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency––will organize an event on the practical implementation of the humanitarian–development–peacebuilding nexus. For more information, please contact Alexandra Manolache, SIPRI Communications Officer, at




3 October 2019
2019 Stockholm Security Conference
On 3 October 2019, SIPRI hosted the fourth Stockholm Security Conference. This year the conference was held under the theme ‘Conflict and technology: Now and in the future’. Through plenary and breakout sessions, the conference looked at how the nature of conflict is changing today and what impact technology has on conflict. 

Read more | Watch the Welcoming Address and Opening Plenary Session



Two current openings

SIPRI is currently recruiting for two positions:

  • Senior Researcher and Director of Studies, Peace and Development
  • Partnerships Manager

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Climate-related security risks and peacebuilding in Somalia
Climate-related security risks are transforming the security landscape in which multilateral peacebuilding efforts take place. This Policy Paper offers a glimpse into the future of peacebuilding in the time of climate change by providing an in-depth assessment of UNSOM.

Read the Policy Paper


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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Strategic Stability and Nuclear Risk, Volume II
This edited volume assembles the perspectives of 13 experts from East Asia, Russia and the United States on why and how machine learning and autonomy may become the focus of an arms race among nuclear-armed states. It further explores how the adoption of these technologies may have an impact on their calculation of strategic stability and nuclear risk at the regional and transregional levels.

Read the edited volume


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