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In brief: SIPRI activities in February 2015


  • 4 Feb., Stockholm
    SIPRI’s Security and Development Programme published a report (PDF) summarizing the November 2014 SIPRI–Swedish Red Cross workshop on violence against healthcare workers. 


  •  4 Feb., Stockholm
    SIPRI hosted a lecture by Dr Joseph F. Pilat, Program Manager in the National Security Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory, on the future of President Obama’s ‘Prague Vision’. Dr Pilat reviewed issues that will be highlighted at the upcoming nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, including the humanitarian impact of nuclear explosions.


  • 11 Feb., Stockholm
    SIPRI and the Embassy of Japan in Sweden hosted a lecture by Professor Shinichi Kitaoka, President of International University of Japan, on Japan's security policy in the era of new geopolitics. Professor Kitaoka explained how Japan, under the Abe administration, has sought to cope with changes in the international security environment and find common ground with states in Western Europe.


  • 11 Feb., Paris
    Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, attended a conference entitled ‘La rupture stratégique’ (strategic disruption), organized by the Institute for Strategic Research of the French Ministry of Defence (IRSEM).  Fleurant gave a presentation on the possible economic drivers of strategic disruption.


  • 13 Feb., Paris
    Mark Bromley, Co-Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme, and Dr Aude Fleurant took part in a seminar organized by the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London and the Institute for Strategic Research of the French Ministry of Defence (IRSEM). The subject of the seminar was major trends in arms production and transfers in times of austerity, with a focus on challenges for France and the United Kingdom. Bromley presented a paper on recent trends in British arms transfers and arms export policies.


  • 16 Feb., Brussels
    SIRPI Researcher Ekaterina Klimenko participated in a workshop on Arctic security organized by the European Union Institute for Strategic Studies. She gave a presentation on hard security and military developments in the Arctic, with a focus on Russia.


  • 23 Feb., London
    Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman, Head of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Project, attended the 2015 Chatham House Security and Defence conference with the theme of  ‘Rising powers and the future of defence cooperation’. Perlo-Freeman was one of the speakers for the overview session, responding to the question ‘To what extent have recent conflicts, disruptive technologies and the global financial crisis changed the size and allocation of defence budgets?’.


  • 23 Feb., online
    SIPRI Researcher Lina Grip discusses the importing, impact and control of small arms in Africa in the latest issue of Contemporary Security Policy