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SIPRI Update: Global Security & Arms Control          
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West still dominant in global arms industry

Sales of arms and military services by the largest arms-producing companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $401 billion in 2014 according to new international arms industry data launched on 14 December by SIPRI.

Read the press release and download the report.


SIPRI researchers contribute to EU’s dual-use policy review

In support of the EU’s ongoing review of its policy on dual-use export controls, SIPRI has contributed to two initiatives by the European Commission and the European Parliament. SIPRI researchers led a data collection project aimed at helping to assess the impact of current control practices and of potential changes, including those on cyber-surveillance technologies. They also co-produced a study for the European Parliament’s think tank analysing possible review options.

Read more about SIPRI's involvement or contact SIPRI Programme Director Dr Sibylle Bauer for further information.

Anti-vehicle mine map

SIPRI wishes you a peaceful holiday season

From the War on Terror to War on ISIS—what’s new on SIPRI’s blog WritePeace?

-From the War on Terror to War on ISIS

Read this and all earlier contributions at the WritePeace blog.

Recent SIPRI blogs

20 January 2016, Museum of the Mediterranean, Stockholm, Sweden

SIPRI Director Dan Smith launches his new book on the state of the Middle East

Dan Smith will discuss the state of the Middle East and the possibility for peace and long-term stability in a conversation moderated by Bitte Hammargren, Middle East Expert and former Middle East Correspondent for Svenska Dagbladet.

Read the invitation here and register for the event with Cynthia Loo.


3–5 November 2015, Hong Kong

SIPRI organizes workshop for transport service providers

SIPRI Senior Researcher Vitaly Fedchenko attended a workshop hosted by the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong aimed at engaging transport service providers as counterproliferation partners. The workshop generated public and private sector interest with participants from the Hong Kong and Australian border forces. It was the second of two regional workshops, following an earlier workshop in Malta in September.

Read more about the workshop or contact Vitaly Fedchenko for more information.

16–18 November 2015, Bamako, Mali

SIPRI concludes series of five regional dialogue meetings in Africa

As part of the project New Geopolitics of Peace Operations: Africa, SIPRI organized a dialogue meeting in Bamako, Mali. It was the final meeting in a series of five regional dialogue meetings that focused on the future of peace operations and conflict management in Northern Africa.

Read more about the meeting or contact SIPRI Researcher Xenia Avezov.

September–November 2015, Brussels, Washington DC, Stockholm, Kabul

SIPRI report on the Afghan private sector launched on three continents

SIPRI Researcher Richard Ghiasy and SIPRI Research Assistant Jiayi Zhou launched the report ‘Afghanistan’s private sector: Status and ways forward’ at four events on three continents. The final event was held in Kabul and attracted a wide range of participants to discuss the current state of Afghanistan’s private sector and possible steps for the future.

For more information, download the report, read about the report launches or contact Richard Ghiasy.


>>SIPRI Associate Senior Research Fellow Robert Kelley was quoted in an article on the International Atomic Energy Agency's final report on the Iran nuclear programme.

>>The SIPRI dialogue meeting on global peacekeeping in Bamako was covered by Dépêches du Mali and Malijet.

>>SIPRI Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman commented to Deutsche Welle on Chinese arms purchases from Russia and the future of the Chinese army.

>>SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman spoke to NRC about Dutch arms exports to the Middle East.

>> More SIPRI in the media ...


SIPRI publication on the UK’s role in NATO’s nuclear deterrent programme

SIPRI issued a new report ‘The British bomb and NATO: six decades of contributing to NATO's strategic nuclear deterrent’ by Dr Ian Davis.

British strategic nuclear weapons have been a constant contribution to NATO nuclear doctrine since the late 1950s, but the exact nature of that contribution has become increasingly obscure since the end of the cold war. This report reviews the NATO political and military structures that influence the UK's nuclear weapons policy, how the UK's contribution to NATO's nuclear forces is valued by NATO allies, and the implications for NATO–UK relations of a decision not to replace Trident. The author finds that the British Government and the NATO Nuclear Planning Group should clarify in public statements how they see the UK’s nuclear weapons contributing to NATO’s continuing effectiveness and deterrent capability. In particular, the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review provided the perfect opportunity for the British Government to explain how it saw the proposed Trident replacement system contributing to NATO going forward. This discussion should be part of a wider debate on the future of deterrence.

Download the full publication.

Caucasus report

New report on Iran’s nuclear programme

SIPRI Programme Director Tariq Rauf and SIPRI Associate Senior Research Fellow Robert Kelley analyse the International Atomic Energy Agency's final assessment of possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme.

Read their report or contact Tariq Rauf or Robert Kelley for more information.

Access all earlier pieces in their series on the Iran nuclear programme.


SIPRI Yearbook 2015

The 46th edition of the SIPRI Yearbook is a compendium of data and analysis in the areas of security and conflicts; military spending and armaments; and non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament. It covers developments during 2014, including:

  • aspects of the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine;
  • regional military-security trends in East Asia;
  • military spending in the USA;
  • the continued negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear programme; and
  • the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty.

a summary of SIPRI Yearbook 2015.

the contents page.

SIPRI Yearbook 2015
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