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In brief: SIPRI activities in January 2015


  • 1 Jan., Washington, DC
    SIPRI Senior Researcher Damir Esenaliev co-authored a World Bank Policy Research working paper investigating the determinants of civic participation in local budget processes in rural areas in Kyrgyzstan using data from the Life in Kyrgyzstan survey, conducted in 2012. The paper suggests that, although civic awareness and interest in local budget processes is relatively high, the participation rate in local budgeting processes is low. 
  • 8 Jan., Vienna 
    SIPRI Dual-use and Arms Trade Controls Programme Director Dr Sibylle Bauer spoke at a Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) workshop for NSG-participating governments entitled 'The Future of NSG Membership and Adherence'. The seminar was organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and hosted by the Austrian Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with the German Foreign Ministry. Dr Bauer addressed the subject of NSG enlargement.
  • 9 Jan., Washington, DC
    SIPRI Researcher Zhou Hang co-authored an article with Katharina Seibel on China's potential role in the Gulf of Guinea, which was published in the Jamestown Foundation's China Brief.
  • 16 Jan., Stockholm
    SIPRI Researcher Ekaterina Klimenko participated in a seminar on the political, economic and environmental challenges in the Arctic region organized by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Stockholm.
  • 26 Jan., Shanghai
    SIPRI and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) co-hosted a workshop on Chinese and European approaches to and experiences of protecting nationals in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr Mathieu Duchâtel, Head of SIPRI's China and Global Security Project, gave a presentation on policy recommendations for China–Europe cooperation. SIPRI Researchers Oliver Bräuner and Richard Ghiasy also gave presentations, on the 'Islamic State' in Iraq and Syria, and Afghanistan after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization withdrawal, respectively. 


  • 27 Jan., Chengdu
    SIPRI and the Institute for South Asian Studies at Sichuan University co-hosted a workshop on Afghanistan's transformation decade. Dr Mathieu Duchâtel, Oliver Bräuner and Richard Ghiasy gave presentations on China and Afghanistan's security,  the Silk Road and regional security in Central Asia, and Afghanistan's economy, respectively.