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Returning to a basic level of trust in relations between Russia and the West

While the threat of nuclear war during the cold war era was all too real, in one sense the world is worse off now: even the notion of rebuilding trust between Russia and the West on the basis of international commitments is seen as unrealistic, writes Lars-Erik Lundin.

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SIPRI welcomes new Governing Board Chairman

The Swedish Government has appointed Ambassador Sven-Olof Petersson as the new Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board. Ambassador Petersson will formally take up his position on 1 September 2014 and succeeds Göran Lennmarker, who stepped down earlier this year.

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Ambassador Sven-Olof Petersson

SIPRI co-hosts East Asian security conference

On 9 July SIPRI and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies co-hosted a conference on the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative and the European Experience of Confidence and Security-Building Measures. SIPRI Director Ian Anthony delivered remarks at the opening session.

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SIPRI and Asan Institute co-host conference in Seoul

Stockholm Forum on Security and Development Report now online

On 28 March 2014 SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs co-hosted the inaugural Stockholm Forum on Security and Development with the theme of ‘Freedom from Violence’. A report summarizing the discussions at the Forum is now available on our website.

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Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister Hillevi Engström
14–16 October, online
Security Jam: Brainstorming Global Security

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The 2014 Security Jam: Brainstorming Global Security will take place on 14–16 October.

Organized by the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA), a Brussels-based security and defence think tank, the Jam will consist of six thematic forums: the new global balance; the European Union as a global security broker; the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2025; cyber-security and cyber-defence; Ukraine and Russia; and Syria.

As part of this year's Jam, SIPRI will host the forum on the European Union as a global security broker. Four SIPRI experts will participate in the forum:

  • Lars-Erik Lundin, a Distinguished Associate Fellow with the SIPRI European Security Programme;
  • Dr Neil Melvin, Head of SIPRI's Peacebuilding in the Caucasus Project;
  • Dr Jaïr van der Lijn, who leads SIPRI's work on peace operations and conflict management; and
  • Dr Ian Anthony, SIPRI Director and Director of the SIPRI European Security Programme.

Registration for the Security Jam opens on 1 September. Contact Stephanie Blenckner for more information.


SIPRI co-hosts summer school on labour markets

>> SIPRI co-hosts summer school on labour markets

>> New SIPRI military expenditure data for NATO countries

>> In brief: SIPRI activities in July–August 2014

>> In focus: Weapon deliveries to northern Iraq

>> SIPRI–EPS blog update

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>> Pieter Wezeman spoke to France24 about arms transfers to Israel. He also spoke to the Tagesschau and on arms deliveries to northern Iraq.

>> Jaïr van der Lijn was quoted in a Kristeligt Dagblad article on Russia and the conflict in Ukraine, and spoke to Dutch Radio 1 about similar issues.

>> Sam Perlo-Freeman, Aude Fleurant and Siemon Wezeman were interviewed by Deutsche Welle on the defence buildup in South East Asia.

>> Mark Bromley and Oliver Bräuner were quoted in a Washington Post blog post on the challenges of arming Iraq's Kurds.

>> SIPRI Director Ian Anthony discussed the conflict in Ukraine in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. He also discussed Western strategic air power in the SETimes.

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Protecting China’s Overseas Interests: The Slow Shift away from Non-interference

by Mathieu Duchâtel, Oliver Bräuner and Zhou Hang

Non-interference is one of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence that is core to China’s foreign policy and to its self-image. But in a pragmatic and incremental adaptation to its globalizing economic and security interests, Chinese foreign policy is slowly shifting away from a strict interpretation of this principle. However, the debate on China’s overseas interests and noninterference is far from over. There is still a degree of uncertainty regarding whether China will continue on the path of pragmatic adaptation within the non-interference framework, and the degree of change in concrete policy outcomes that such an evolution would entail.

The authors show that the possibility of a dramatic policy change cannot be ruled out, as dramatic and unforeseen events could precipitate change. China’s foreign policy could also strictly remain within the boundaries of non-interference. Its ultimate strategic choice will certainly have far-reaching effects on global governance and international security.

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Protecting China’s Overseas Interests


Arms Industry Transformation and Integration:
The Choices of Central Europe

by Yudit Kiss

Special offer: to receive a 30 per cent discount on this book, use the code AAFLY6 when you order online from Oxford University Press.

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

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