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2022 Stockholm Forum opens, bridging climate and security communities is vital in a new era of existential risk

(Stockholm, 23 May 2022) Over the next three days, more than 2600 participants from 150 countries and over 70 partner organizations will convene in person and in a virtual space for the ninth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development.

World stumbling into a new era of risk, concludes SIPRI report

(Stockholm, 23 May 2022) World leaders are failing to prepare for a new era of complex and often unpredictable risks to peace as profound environmental and security crises converge and intensify, according to a major report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

World military expenditure passes $2 trillion for first time

(Stockholm, 25 April 2022) Total global military expenditure increased by 0.7 per cent in real terms in 2021, to reach $2113 billion. The five largest spenders in 2021 were the United States, China, India, the United Kingdom and Russia, together accounting for 62 per cent of expenditure, according to new data on global military spending published today by the SIPRI.

Madeleine Albright—in memoriam

SIPRI mourns the passing of Dr Madeleine Albright, former professor and diplomat, who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Madeleine Albright passed away on 23 March 2022 at the age of 84.

SIPRI welcomes Stefan Löfven as new Chair of the Governing Board

The Swedish Government today appointed Stefan Löfven as the new Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board. Löfven will formally take up his position on 1 June 2022. He succeeds Ambassador Jan Eliasson in this position.

Global arms trade falls slightly, but imports to Europe, East Asia and Oceania rise

(Stockholm, 14 March 2022) International transfers of major arms saw a slight drop between 2012–16 and 2017–21 (–4.6 per cent). Nevertheless, exports by the United States and France increased substantially, as did imports to states in Europe (+19 per cent), East Asia (+20 per cent) and Oceania (+59 per cent), according to new data on global arms transfers published today by SIPRI.

Business as usual? Arms sales of SIPRI Top 100 arms companies continue to grow amid pandemic

(Stockholm, 6 December 2021) Sales of arms and military services by the industry’s 100 largest companies totalled $531 billion in 2020—an increase of 1.3 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year. This is according to new data released today by the SIPRI.

2021 Stockholm Security Conference opens, a human-centric approach to addressing complex battlefields

(Stockholm, 8 November 2021) Over the next four days, more than 1000 global participants will convene in a virtual space for the sixth annual Stockholm Security Conference. Watch today’s opening panel here and download the conference agenda here (PDF).

SIPRI statement on the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

(Stockholm, 8 October 2021) SIPRI congratulates 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.’

Global nuclear arsenals grow as states continue to modernize–New SIPRI Yearbook out now

(Stockholm, 14 June 2021) SIPRI today launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2021, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security. A key finding is that despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear warheads in 2020, more have been deployed with operational forces.