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Press statement by the SIPRI Governing Board: Changes in leadership at SIPRI

The Governing Board of SIPRI and Professor Tilman Brück have agreed that Professor Brück will leave his position as Director of SIPRI as of 30 June 2014. Professor Brück will serve SIPRI as a Distinguished Senior Fellow to continue his work on the economics of security and development. Göran Lennmarker, Chairman of SIPRI’s Governing Board, announced his resignation from the SIPRI Governing Board.

The Governing Board of SIPRI will appoint an Acting Director with the explicit mandate to continue the reforms initiated by Professor Brück.  

The SIPRI Governing Board will be chaired by the Deputy Chairman Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala as Acting Chairman until further notice.

The Governing Board has agreed to appoint an international expert to undertake a comprehensive review of SIPRI and to make recommendations for its future, based on consultations with all relevant stakeholders.

'On behalf of the whole Governing Board, I would like to thank Professor Brück for his important, innovative and valuable contributions in research and management to the Institute. Since the Director took office, he has successfully restructured the Institute’s organization, recruited internationally recognised staff, overcome a severe financial crisis, raised considerable funds and established the widely respected high­‐level Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. The Governing Board deeply regrets the departure of Professor Brück as Director of SIPRI,' says Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, Acting Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board.

'It has been an honour and privilege to lead SIPRI, one of the world’s top authorities on security and peace research. I would like to thank the Governing Board, the staff and the many partners and friends of SIPRI around the world for the excellent cooperation and collaboration. It has been a pleasure to work with them all. I look forward to dedicating more time to research in the future,' says Professor Tilman Brück, outgoing Director.


Quotes from the Governing Board

Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, Acting Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board and former United Nations Under Secretary General for Disarmament:

'Professor Tilman Brück was mandated by the Governing Board in 2012 to initiate urgently needed reforms to modernize the Institute, to strengthen SIPRI's academic standing in the world and to add a development economics perspective on peace and security to the Institute. Since the Director took office, he has successfully accomplished these tasks, restructuring the Institute's organization, recruiting internationally recognized staff, overcoming a severe financial crisis, raising considerable funds, and establishing the widely respected high-­level Stockholm Forum for Security and Development.'

Member of the SIPRI Governing Board Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference:

'Professor Brück has led SIPRI successfully through a challenging and delicate change situation. We are grateful to him for implementing a difficult internal restructuring process that has made SIPRI stronger and fitter for the future. The Governing Board respects Professor Brück's wish to dedicate more time to research in the future.'

Member of the SIPRI Governing Board Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics:

'The Governing Board very much regrets that Professor Brück will leave his current position as Director. Professor Brück has served SIPRI with vision, energy and integrity. We appreciate his intellectual leadership and his significant contribution to maintain SIPRI as a world leading think tank in the field of security and peace research. The Governing Board is delighted that Professor Brück will continue to work with SIPRI as a Senior Distinguished Fellow. We wish him well personally and with his innovative work on the economics of security and development.'


About Tilman Brück

Professor Tilman Brück is a development economist who trained at Glasgow University and Oxford University. His research interests include the inter-­relationship  between peace, security and development (especially at the micro-­level), the economics of post-­war reconstruction, and the economics of terrorism and security policy, with country experiences in Angola, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Uganda and Ukraine. Professor Brück also collects and analyses household-­level  surveys to study poverty and employment, and the ways in which they relate to conflict. He is a co-­founder and co-­director of the Households in Conflict Network and a founding member of the Global Young Academy. Professor Brück has also worked as an adviser and consultant for numerous governments and international organizations.


About Göran Lennmarker

Prior to becoming Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board, Göran Lennmarker was Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Swedish Parliament, a position he held between 2006 and 2010. Göran Lennmarker was elected to the Swedish Parliament in 1991 and served as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from 2006 to 2008.