The independent resource on global security

February 2014: Nuclear weapon-free zones, the SIPRI Top 100 and more

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
SIPRI Update: Global Security & Arms Control          
February 2014       blog-icon-box-orange-16.png

The role of safeguards in nuclear weapon-free zones

Safeguards measures should play a vital role in international efforts to monitor technologies related to reprocessing and enrichment of nuclear materials. This is also true in the context of the proposed nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East, argues Tariq Rauf.

Continue reading ...

Bottles of centrifuge oil

SIPRI launches data on largest arms companies

On 31 January SIPRI launched its data on the world's largest arms-producing companies (the SIPRI Top 100) for 2012 at a press event at the Munich Security Conference. This was the first of three data launches over the coming months ahead of the release of SIPRI Yearbook 2014.

Continue reading ...

Munich Security Conference

New SIPRI European Security Programme

SIPRI is pleased to announce a new research programme which analyses the European security discourse and seeks to deepen understanding of the ways in which it is changing. The programme was launched at an event at the Munich Security Conference earlier this month.

Continue reading ...

Council of Europe flags

Sochi and the Caucasus conflicts

As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games got underway, SIPRI's Neil Melvin reflected on the extent to which the Games themselves have already become part of the region’s conflicts, arguing for a comprehensive political approach to building a durable peace in the Caucasus.

Continue reading ...

Olympic rings

A pragmatic approach to the Iran nuclear file

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme will need to lead to pragmatic measures which assure the international community of the peaceful nature of the programme, and which lead to the removal of all United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran, argues Tariq Rauf.

Continue reading ...

Iran and IAEA meeting, 18 February 2014

09.00–12.30, 17 March, Paris
Roundtable and launch of SIPRI arms transfers data

SIPRI and Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l'École Militaire (IRSEM) are pleased to invite you to a roundtable on the global arms market. This roundtable will bring together French-speaking experts to address contemporary developments in arms exports by key countries and regions, and will include a launch of SIPRI data on international arms transfers for 2013. Please confirm your participation by sending an email with your full name and affiliation to The location for the event is Ecole Militaire, Paris (5, pl. Joffre, 75007, Métro 8), Amphithéâtre Louis. The number of places at this event is limited. For more information contact Stephanie Blenckner, SIPRI Communications Director (+46 08-655 97 47, or Caroline Verstappen at IRSEM, Responsable des partenariats (+33 01 44 42 52 93,

27–28 March, Stockholm
Stockholm Forum on Security and Development: ‘Freedom from Violence’

Building on its long-standing reputation in the field of international security, SIPRI is currently broadening its research focus to include issues of security and development, examining the links between socioeconomic development, conflict, peace and security. In March 2014, as part of these ongoing research activities, SIPRI will host a high-level global event, the inaugural Stockholm Forum on Security and Development, with the support of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contact Rachel Irwin for more information about the Forum.


Tariq Rauf appointed new SIPRI Programme Director

SIPRI is pleased to announce that Tariq Rauf has been appointed Director of SIPRI's Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme. Rauf is an internationally respected authority on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues. From 2002 to 2011 he was Head of the Verification and Security Policy Coordination Office at the International Atomic Energy Agency, reporting to the Director General, in which capacity he dealt with high-priority verification cases involving Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Korea and Syria.


Researcher/Senior Researcher

SIPRI seeks a Researcher or Senior Researcher to conduct research and advisory work on dual-use and arms trade control issues.

Read the full position description.


Image from seminar on nuclear security held at the Dutch embassy in Stockholm

>> SIPRI and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands co-host nuclear security seminar

>> SIPRI holds consultative round table in Mali

>> SIPRI evaluation of Kyrgyz peacebuilding training programme gets underway

>> SIPRI hosts panel discussion on relations between Iran and the West

>> SIPRI lecture series at Folkuniversitetet Stockholm

>> In brief: SIPRI activities in February 2014

More SIPRI news ...


>> The launch of the SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies was covered in over 300 media outlets including Reuters, RIA Novosti and Deutsche Welle.

>> Tilman Brück was interviewed by Tagesschau about Ukraine, by Deutschlandradio Kultur on dialogue between parties to conflicts, and by Swiss Radio on the crisis in security politics.

>> Ian Anthony participated in a Euronews panel discussion on the role the European Union can play as a military force.

>> Neil Mevin spoke to Swedish Radio programme Konflikt about the situation in Ukraine. He also wrote an opinion piece for Dagens Industri on the same issue.

>> Shannon Kile was quoted in a Reuters article on Iran's nuclear programme.

>> Pieter Wezeman appeared in an episode of German programme MONITOR about a bribery scandal involving German arms companies.

More SIPRI in the media ...


Peacekeepers at risk: the lethality of peace operations

By Jaïr van der Lijn and Jane Dundon

A common assumption on the part of Western governments and security establishments is that peacekeeping missions in Africa are more dangerous than missions in other regions. However, data from the SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations Database for 2000–10 shows that Africa was not the most dangerous region to deploy peacekeepers. The authors of this Policy Brief argue that other factors, such as a mission’s character, context, and security and protection measures, better explain the lethality of a mission.

Download the Policy Brief ...

Peacekeepers at risk: the lethality of peace operations

Creating a 'one house' culture at the IAEA through matrix management, by Robert E. Kelley

Creating a 'one house' culture at the IAEA through matrix management

Strengthening the EU's Future Approach to WMD Non-proliferation

China's North Korea Policy:
Economic Engagement and Nuclear Disarmament

Africa and the  Global Market in  Natural Uranium

Africa and the Global Market in Natural Uranium

  © SIPRI 2014. ISSN 1654-8264.
Contact SIPRI by email:; telephone: +46 8 655 97 00; or post:
SIPRI, Signalistgatan 9, SE-169 70 Solna, Sweden. Visit us online at
This message was sent to [agnEMAIL]. If you would prefer not to receive emails from SIPRI simply unsubscribe.