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Lessons from the post-cold war transformation of East Central Europe’s arms industry

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, arms makers in Eastern Europe faced a drastic disruption in their economic, political and social environment, losing external markets, state backing and their privileged position in the economic and political structures, argues Yudit Kiss.

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Polish troops train on US weapons systems

SIPRI Board member to act as Ukraine negotiator

SIPRI Governing Board member Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger (Germany) has been appointed by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as a negotiator in an effort to create a more constructive political atmosphere in the country.

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Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger

Reviewing the 2014 NPT PrepCom

The third and final Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was held in New York between 28 April and 9 May. SIPRI's Tariq Rauf posted a series of daily updates from the meeting.

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2014 NPT PrepCom

SIPRI secures new project funding

SIPRI is pleased to announce three newly funded projects, including an examination of social cohesion and community-driven development in Kyrgyzstan, the next phase of the Arctic Futures research project, and a new project on private sector development in Afghanistan.

Kyrgyzstan mountains

9 June, Stockholm
Atoms for Peace in the 21st Century: The Changing Role of the International Atomic Energy Agency

SIPRI, the Government Offices of Sweden and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority will co-host a lecture by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano. Read the full event invitation (PDF). Please confirm your participation by 6 June to Cynthia Loo, SIPRI Senior Management Assistant (telephone: 08-655 97 51, email:

16 June, Stockholm
Launch of SIPRI's nuclear forces figures

In the fourth launch of SIPRI data ahead of the publication of SIPRI Yearbook 2014, SIPRI will release its latest figures on world nuclear forces on 16 June. This follows the widely covered releases of SIPRI data on the arms industry in January, international arms transfers in March and military expenditure in April. SIPRI Yearbook 2014, a compendium of data and analysis in the areas of security and conflict, military spending and armaments, and non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament, will be published in full later in the year.

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Changes in leadership at SIPRI

The Governing Board of SIPRI and Professor Tilman Brück have agreed that Professor Brück will leave his position as Director of SIPRI as of 30 June 2014. Professor Brück will serve SIPRI as a Distinguished Senior Fellow to continue his work on the economics of security and development. Göran Lennmarker, Chairman of SIPRI’s Governing Board, announced his resignation from the SIPRI Governing Board.

The Governing Board of SIPRI will appoint an Acting Director with the explicit mandate to continue the reforms initiated by Professor Brück. The SIPRI Governing Board will be chaired by the Deputy Chairman Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala as Acting Chairman until further notice.

The Governing Board has agreed to appoint an international expert to undertake a comprehensive review of SIPRI and to make recommendations for its future, based on consultations with all relevant stakeholders.

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Hugh Griffiths at the Naval War College

>> SIPRI expert addresses Proliferation Security Initiative meeting

>> SIPRI Senior Researcher to provide expertise to European Parliament

>> SIPRI and German Office of Economics and Export Control conduct CBRN workshop

>> Economists on Conflict blog update

>> SIPRI interns present on environmental security

>> In brief: SIPRI activities in May 2014

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>> Tariq Rauf was quoted by Reuters and Bloomberg on Iran's nuclear programme. He was also quoted in an NPR story (audio) on the same subject.

>> Siemon Wezeman commented on Russian weapons systems in an article in Bild, and on Swedish arms exports in The Local, and was also quoted in an article on arms supplies to Africa in The East African.

>> Neil Melvin commented on the crisis in Ukraine in the Swedish news magazine Fokus.

>> Mathieu Duchâtel was quoted by Al Jazeera on sanctions against North Korea.

>> Tilman Brück discussed the costs of war and NATO on Swiss Radio (audio).

>> Sam Perlo Freeman appeared in a PressTV news clip on Syria's chemical weapons (video).

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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


Relations between Afghanistan and Central Asian states after 2014: Incentives, Constraints and Prospects

by Nargis Kassenova

All Central Asian states are concerned about the potential spillover of insecurity from Afghanistan. The impending withdrawal of international forces is seen as potentially leading to destabilization, with negative consequences for the region. This report explores the commonalities and differences in the policies of Central Asian states toward Afghanistan. The author argues that the Soviet-era isolation of Central Asian states from their traditional neighbours has been broken, and that opportunities for business, educational and people-to-people links will only increase.

This paper is published under the Wider Central Asia Initiative, a two-year SIPRI project to promote and facilitate dialogue among the main external stakeholders in Afghanistan's future. The initiative is funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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Relations between Afghanistan and Central Asian states after 2014


Trends in world military expenditure, 2013

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

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