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Celebrating 50 years of the SIPRI Yearbook

Today, SIPRI celebrates the launch of SIPRI Yearbook 2019 by making all editions from 1969 to 2016 available for free download. Originally published with the aim to ‘produce a factual and balanced account of a controversial subject—the arms race and attempts to stop it’, the Yearbook has evolved to cover a variety of topics in armaments, disarmament and international security and transformed into an indispensable reference work.

Modernization of world nuclear forces continues despite overall decrease in number of warheads: New SIPRI Yearbook out now

SIPRI today launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2019, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security.

2019 Stockholm Forum opens, connects crisis response to peacebuilding

(Stockholm 14 May 2019) Over the next three days, over 400 high-level policymakers, researchers and practitioners gather in Stockholm for the sixth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development.

World military expenditure grows to $1.8 trillion in 2018

(Stockholm, 29 April 2019) Total world military expenditure rose to $1822 billion in 2018, representing an increase of 2.6 per cent from 2017, according to new data from SIPRI.

Addressing a key challenge in central Mali: The need for local knowledge—new SIPRI film

Today, SIPRI launches a new Reflection film on the conflict in central Mali, calling for a better understanding of local dyn

Emerging technologies pose challenges to the control of biological weapons, new SIPRI report

(Berlin/Stockholm, 14 March 2019) Advances in additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and robotics could increase the possibilities for the development, production and use of biological weapons. The existing biological arms control and non-proliferation governance framework needs to be adapted to address these security risks, according to a new report from SIPRI.

Global arms trade: USA increases dominance; arms flows to the Middle East surge, says SIPRI

(Stockholm, 11 March 2019) The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014–18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009–13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004–2008, according to new data on arms transfers published today by SIPRI.

Creating a long-lasting peace in Mali: SIPRI and partners launch first White Book for Peace

(Bamako, 31 January 2019) — Today, Malian civil society members and their partners SIPRI and CONASCIPAL present the first Civil Society White Book for Peace and Security to help address security challenges for the Malian population.

Founding SIPRI Director Robert Neild—in memoriam

SIPRI mourns the passing of the Institute’s founding Director Robert Neild (United Kingdom), who died on 18 December 2018 at the age of 94.

Global arms industry: US companies dominate the Top 100; Russian arms industry moves to second place

Sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $398.2 billion in 2017, according to new international arms industry data released today by SIPRI.