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Former SIPRI Director Walther Stützle—in memoriam

SIPRI mourns the passing of the Institute’s former Director Dr Walther Stützle, who died on 8 August 2016, age 74. Stützle was Director of SIPRI during 1986–1991.

Janet Meurling—obituary

Janet Meurling, a former SIPRI librarian for over 20 years, passed away on 12 July 2016 aged 90.

Global nuclear weapons: downsizing but modernizing

(Stockholm, 13 June 2016) The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches its annual nuclear forces data, which highlights the current trends and developments in world nuclear arsenals.

Former SIPRI Director Alyson Bailes—tribute

SIPRI mourns the passing of the Institute’s former Director Ambassador Alyson J. K. Bailes who died on 29 April 2016, aged 67. Bailes was Director of SIPRI from July 2002–August 2007.

World military spending resumes upward course, says SIPRI

World military expenditure totalled almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, an increase of 1 per cent in real terms from 2014, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Asia and the Middle East lead rise in arms imports; the United States and Russia remain largest arms exporters, says SIPRI

The volume of international transfers of major weapons has grown continuously since 2004 and rose by 14 per cent between 2006–10 and 2011–15, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Global arms industry: West still dominant despite decline; sales surge in rest of the world, says SIPRI

Sales of arms and military services by the largest arms-producing companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $401 billion in 2014 according to new international arms industry data launched today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

SIPRI and PAX: Hope for peace in South Sudan, but fragmentation still a risk

According to the report Scenarios for South Sudan in 2020, released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Dutch peace organisation PAX, there is hope for a peaceful future in South Sudan if the 2015 peace agreement is implemented and the peace process opened up beyond the current parties. Otherwise, the human cost will likely be tremendous and the country might even risk complete fragmentation.