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SIPRI Update October 2021: Nobel Peace Prize, 2021 Stockholm Security Conference, Stockholm Forum film, missile defence and more


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SIPRI Update: October 2021
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Promoting Peace in the Age of Compound Risk—New SIPRI film
Promoting Peace in the Age of Compound Risk—New SIPRI film
This month SIPRI launched a film capturing insights from global actors on promoting peace in the age of compound risks reinforced by the Covid-19 pandemic. The film is based on discussions recorded during the 2021 Virtual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. These discussions brought together a range of viewpoints from different stakeholders on key topics such as the role of social media in peacebuilding, local and regional cooperation on women, peace and security, good peacebuilding financing, preventing famine, and climate security.  

Read more | Watch the video | Read more about the 2021 Stockholm Forum


SIPRI statement on the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
SIPRI statement on the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

SIPRI would like to congratulate Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov on the award of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, ‘for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace’. ‘The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to two pioneering and courageous journalists is very timely,’ said Dan Smith, SIPRI Director. ‘In the past few years, we have seen an alarming assault on facts, on freedom of expression and on media freedom. This prize is both a recognition of the outstanding work of Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, and a message of support and encouragement to journalists everywhere.’


Read more | Watch Maria Ressa at the 2021 Stockholm Forum


SIPRI experts contribute to the 2021 Global Hunger index report
SIPRI experts contribute to the 2021 Global Hunger Index report

The 2021 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report was released on 14 October to mark World Food Day and against the backdrop of the United Nations Food Systems Summit. Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, and Dr Caroline Delgado, Senior Researcher and Director of the Food, Peace and Security Programme, authored the main essay, highlighting the topic of hunger and food systems in conflict settings. 


Read more | Read the full report


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Additional translations of the SIPRI Yearbook 2021 summary now available
Thanks to SIPRI’s translation partners, the summary of SIPRI Yearbook 2021 is now also available in French, Italian and Korean as well as in Catalan, Dutch, Spanish and Swedish. Released in June 2021, the 52nd edition of the SIPRI Yearbook is a compendium of cutting-edge information and analysis on developments in armaments, disarmament and international security. It is available in print and online from Oxford University Press.   

Read more | Access SIPRI Yearbook summaries


Environment of Peace panellist Ilwad Elman briefs United Nations Security Council meeting
Environment of Peace panellist Ilwad Elman briefs United Nations Security Council meeting on climate and security
On 23 September Ilwad Elman, a panellist for SIPRI’s Environment of Peace initiative, addressed a meeting of the UN Security Council on the effects of climate change on international peace and security. In her briefing, Elman, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Elman Peace in Somalia, observed: ‘Peacebuilding goals and mediation efforts cannot succeed or be sustained unless we address the broader environmental issues related to security.’ Elman called for greater support for local peacebuilders and civil society organizations facing the daily reality of climate-related security challenges.  

Read more | Watch a recording of the meeting | Read more about the Environment of Peace initiative


Stockholm Security Conference 2021: Open for registration
Stockholm Security Conference 2021: Open for registration
SIPRI is pleased to open registration for the 2021 Stockholm Security Conference, which will be held on 8–11 November 2021. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Battlefields of the Future: Trends of Conflict and Warfare in the 21st Century’. The conference will examine how current developments in technology have opened potential new battlefields of the future. It will also explore the means to prevent and mitigate associated risks.  

Read more | Register


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The Missile Technology Control Regime at a crossroads

The announcement on 16 September of the Australia–United Kingdom–United States (AUKUS) trilateral defence partnership generated strong diplomatic responses and media attention. Australia also announced that it would acquire Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles from the USA. This sale of missiles could deal a blow to one of the few remaining multilateral instruments for addressing missile proliferation—the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). In this SIPRI Topical Backgrounder, Kolja Brockmann presents a new 20-month SIPRI project assessing the MTCR. Brockmann writes that, although there are several trends undermining the MTCR, the regime has also shown resilience and demonstrated its ability to evolve.

Read the SIPRI Topical Backgrounder


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Time to factor missile defence into nuclear arms control talks

Hopes run high that the possessors of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals—Russia and the USA—might finally resume negotiations on nuclear weapon reductions after over a decade of diplomatic deadlock. It is unclear whether this new determination is ultimately sufficient to resolve deep-seated strategic disagreements, the most difficult among them being the dispute over missile defence. This SIPRI Topical Backgrounder argues that an agreement on missile defence could open the door to significant nuclear weapon reductions and it could also address key drivers behind Chinese nuclear expansion.

Read the SIPRI Topical Backgrounder


28 October 2021
3D Printing Missiles on Demand? Additive Manufacturing as a Challenge to the Missile Technology Control Regime

In the first of a series of events, SIPRI will convene a webinar on additive manufacturing (AM) on 28 October 2021. This webinar brings together a distinguished panel of technical and policy experts to discuss the challenges posed by AM to export controls and how they can be addressed through national and multilateral export control instruments such as the Missile Technology Control Regime.

Read more | Register for the webinar

8–11 November 2021
Stockholm Security Conference: Battlefields of the Future

The sixth annual Stockholm Security Conference will convene in a virtual format on 8–11 November. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Battlefields of the Future: Trends of Conflict and Warfare in the 21st Century’. Save the date (8–11 November) and join leading experts, practitioners and policymakers as they exchange views to gain a better understanding of new trends in international security and the role of governments, multilateral organizations, humanitarian actors, researchers and civil society in dealing with the challenges of the battlefields of the future.

Read more | Register


20 October 2021
Environment of Peace panellists highlight climate justice challenges in climate and security seminar

On 19 October Margot Wallström and Helen Clark, members of the international expert panel advising SIPRI’s Environment of Peace initiative, addressed a virtual seminar on peace and climate change organized by the International Peace Bureau, the Olof Palme International Center and the International Trade Union Confederation.

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6 October 2021
SIPRI co-hosts webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on peace operations

On 6 October a SIPRI and UN Department of Peace Operations (UNDPO) webinar explored the many impacts of Covid-19 on peace operations. Presenters focused on the consequences of the pandemic for the global balance of power, global governance and appetite for multilateralism. They also discussed its effects on trust in governance, leadership and democracy, as well as how the pandemic has shaped the actions of non-state armed actors.

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29 September 2021
SIPRI hosts webinar on South Asian nuclear research findings

On 29 September SIPRI hosted ‘South Asia’s Nuclear Future: SIPRI’s Project Findings’, the final event of its project on nuclear challenges in South Asia. The discussion was based on the findings of the recent SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security paper, ‘Reinvigorating South Asian Nuclear Transparency and Confidence-building Measures’, and focused on practical policy recommendations to mitigate nuclear risks in the region.

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29 September 2021
SIPRI at high-level event on advancing the role of the OSCE in the field of climate security

On 29 September SIPRI experts joined a high-level event on the role of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the field of climate security. Held in Vienna, the event was organized by the Swedish delegation to the OSCE as part of its role as current chair of the organization. The discussion was based on the SIPRI Policy Brief, Advancing the Role of the OSCE in the Field of Climate Security.

Read more | Read the SIPRI Policy Brief



Current vacancies

  • Research Assistant, Dual-use and Arms Trade Controls, and Arms Transfers (Closing date: 28 October).
  • Researcher/Senior Researcher, Emerging Technologies (Closing date: 31 October).
  • Senior Researcher, Middle East North Africa Programme (Closing date: 28 October).
  • Virtual internship.

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Additive Manufacturing for Missiles and Other Uncrewed Delivery Systems: Challenges for the Missile Technology Control Regime
AM has become an attractive production technology for the aerospace sector, particularly in the area of missiles, space launch vehicles and uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs). This report provides a short introduction to modern AM techniques and describes a range of specific applications of AM in missiles and other delivery systems. It also discusses the proliferation risks posed by AM and outlines key measures through which the MTCR could strengthen its efforts to address AM and the proliferation risks and challenges to export controls it poses.

Read the SIPRI Report


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The World Food Programme’s Contribution to Improving the Prospects for Peace in Lebanon
This report aims to provide a better understanding of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) contribution to improving the prospects for peace in Lebanon. The findings of the report suggest that WFP’s cash-based transfer interventions can—and do—positively contribute to improving the prospects for peace in Lebanon. However, the conflict and peacebuilding environment in Lebanon is extremely complex and rife with uncertainties. With this in mind, the report emphasizes the importance of taking conflict sensitivity concerns into account and provides 13 recommendations for the WFP.

Read the SIPRI report


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Democracy in a Post-Covid World
The third SIPRI Lecture, which was held virtually on 24 May 2021, was delivered by HE Dr Madeleine Albright and focused on the theme of ‘Democracy in a Post-Covid World’. The lecture highlighted ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftershocks have transformed the world. It also stressed the importance of placing democratic values and international cooperation at the centre of any post-pandemic strategy to create a more secure, stable, healthy and prosperous world. 

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SIPRI Yearbook 2021
SIPRI Yearbook 2021
SIPRI Yearbook 2021 presents a combination of original data in areas such as world military expenditure, international arms transfers, arms production, nuclear forces, armed conflicts and multilateral peace operations with state-of-the-art analysis of important aspects of arms control, peace and international security. It covers developments during 2020, including:
  • the state of nuclear arms control and the entry into force of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;
  • efforts to regulate lethal autonomous weapon systems, and state behaviour in cyberspace and space;
  • regional and country-specific overviews of armed conflicts; and
  • the impact of the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic and the UN appeal for a global ceasefire to address it.

Browse the contents page | Download the summary (PDF) |
Order SIPRI Yearbook 2021 | Download the sample chapter on world nuclear forces (PDF)