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SIPRI Update: Global Security & Arms Control          
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Monitoring international arms transfers

The global arms market is changing, and major buyer states are using an advantageous market position to get more out of their defence transactions. SIPRI's new Arms Transfers and Arms Production Programme is well placed to address these emerging dynamics and issues, argues Aude Fleurant.

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Image from the Eurosatory arms fair, Paris

SIPRI launches data on military expenditure

On 14 April SIPRI launched its data on world military expenditure in 2013 via traditional media channels and launch events in New York and Geneva (see below). This was the third and final data launch ahead of the release of SIPRI Yearbook 2014.

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A detail from a map used in SIPRI's military expenditure data launch

Looking back on 2013 at SIPRI

SIPRI's new Annual Review contains highlights from the year that was 2013, featuring our research programmes, flagship SIPRI events and publications, significant media coverage, financial information, staff facts and an introduction by SIPRI's Director, Professor Tilman Brück.

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SIPRI Annual Review, 2013

The wider applications of the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

While the civilian and disaster-related applications of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization’s monitoring systems are extremely useful, it is important to remember that the purpose of the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is the abolition of all nuclear tests, argues Tariq Rauf.

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CTBTO monitoring station

Guns or butter?

Looking at the timelines for construction, appropriations of design and construction funds and commitments to the local community can shed light on the real motivation for project continuation in the cases of two nuclear reactors in Iran and the United States, argues Robert Kelley.

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Satellite image of the Arak complex

27–28 March, Stockholm
Stockholm Forum on Security and Development

SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs co-hosted a high-level forum with the theme of 'Freedom from Violence'. Over 200 participants attended the event, which will become an annual fixture on the security and development calendar in Stockholm. Read the full report from the Forum, view our Flickr photostream or read more about the event (in Swedish) on the website of the Swedish MFA.

11 April, Centralposthuset, Stockholm
The Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in a changing world

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in cooperation with SIPRI and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) hosted an event, 'From prohibiting nuclear testing to detecting tsunamis and missing airplanes: the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in a changing world'. Read more about the event.

For more information about these and other SIPRI events contact SIPRI Communications Director Stephanie Blenckner.


Aude Fleurant appointed Programme Director, Arms Transfers and Arms Production Programme

SIPRI is pleased to announce that Dr Aude Fleurant has been appointed Director of the new SIPRI Arms Transfers and Arms Production Programme. The Programme continues with work of SIPRI's Arms Transfers Programme, with the addition of a research strand on the arms industry. Dr Fleurant's research interests focus on the transformation of the military market and analysis of the interaction of supply and demand dynamics. Her publications have mainly addressed issues of countries' or companies’ adjustments to new market conditions and their consequences. She holds a PhD in political science, and a Master of Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada).

Mark Bromley appointed Co-Programme Director, Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme

SIPRI is pleased to announce that Mark Bromley, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme, has been appointed Co-Director of the SIPRI Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme together with Dr Sibylle Bauer, who has been in charge of the Programme since 2012. Bromley has been with SIPRI since 2003 and has been central to much of SIPRI's work on conventional arms export controls, including the implementation of the EU Common Position on Arms Exports and the negotiation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). His move to the Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme will allow SIPRI to consolidate its work on dual-use and conventional arms export controls. This will help SIPRI to strengthen its research and capacity-building activities in both areas and enable it to better support ongoing processes including the future implementation of the ATT.


SIPRI researchers attend regional dialogue meetings in Brussels and Hanoi

>> SIPRI researchers participate in regional dialogue meetings in Brussels and Hanoi

>> Tariq Rauf reports from the 2014 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee

>> New papers from the EU Non-proliferation Consortium

>> SIPRI Programme Director provides expertise to highest German Court

>> In brief: SIPRI activities in April 2014

>> Call for applications: summer school on labour markets in Central Asia

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The launch of SIPRI's data on world military expenditure was covered in more than 1600 international media outlets including Al Jazeera, Tagesschau, The Washington Post, Le Monde and many more. The launch event in New York was also covered by Press TV.

>> Siemon Wezeman was interviewed by Central China TV about US arms sales to Asia.

>> Oliver Bräuner was interviewed by Czech newspaper Lidové noviny about President Obama's recent visit to Asia and its impact on China–US relations.

>> Mathieu Duchâtel appeared in a segment by Dutch television channel NOS on the Dutch defence minister's visit to China.

>> Jaïr van der Lijn gave an interview to the German ipg-journal on the risks of peace operations abroad and to De Volkskrant on peace operations in Africa.

>> Neil Melvin spoke to Business New Europe from Georgia about Georgia's foreign relations.

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Arms Industry Transformation and Integration:
The Choices of Central Europe

by Yudit Kiss

The defence industry was one of the pillars of the command economy system in East Central Europe. After the end of the cold war the sector went through dramatic changes: it was radically downsized, reorganized and restructured according to the needs of the emerging new socio-economic systems. One of the major factors that shaped this adjustment was the enlargement of NATO and the European Union and the prospect of integration into these two organizations.

This book presents a comparative analysis of the defence industries of six East Central European countries-Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia-describing how they adjusted to the changed political and economic environment in both the domestic and international contexts.

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Arms Industry Transformation and Integration


Trends in world military expenditure, 2013

By Sam Perlo-Freeman and Carina Solmirano

The SIPRI Military Expenditure Database includes newly released information on military expenditure in 2013. This Fact Sheet describes the global, regional and national trends in military expenditure that are revealed by the new data.

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Trends in world military expenditure, 2013

Trends in international arms transfers, 2013

Trends in international arms transfers, 2013

The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2012

The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2012

Measuring Turkish military expenditure

Measuring Turkish military expenditure

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