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The new development landscape in Africa, the Ebola outbreak and more

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Africa and the changing development landscape

The development landscape in Africa has drastically changed with the emergence of new trade partners from the Global South. Fantu Cheru explores the implications of new patterns of South–South cooperation for Africa and their impact on multilateralism and the United Nations.

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BRICS Business Council meeting, 2013

Ebola, public health and security

The first case of Ebola outside of West Africa, which was confirmed in Dallas, Texas, on 30 September, may prove to be the tipping point for properly mobilizing the international community to act, writes Dr Peter Clevestig in the latest SIPRI Expert Comment.

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Ebola, public health and security

SIPRI statement on the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

SIPRI warmly congratulates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai on being jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. In particular, the recognition of Malala's work demonstrates the importance of integrating gender issues into discussions of global security.

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The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

SIPRI to study the private sector in Afghanistan

SIPRI and the International Council of Swedish Industry will carry out a scoping study on the private sector’s potential to contribute to security and economic development in Afghanistan, given the country's poor ranking in terms of economic and human development.

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Herat, Afghanistan

18 November, Geneva
SIPRI Yearbook 2014 launch event

SIPRI Yearbook 2014 cover imageSIPRI Yearbook 2014, the 45th edition of the SIPRI Yearbook, will be officially launched at a special event at the OMM/WMO Building (7bis Avenue de la Paix) in Geneva. The findings from the Yearbook will be presented by SIPRI Director Dr Ian Anthony. In addition, SIPRI Programme Director Tariq Rauf and SIPRI Senior Researcher Pieter Wezeman will be in attendance to discuss specific aspects of non-proliferation and international arms transfers, respectively.

Sample sections from each of the chapters in SIPRI Yearbook 2014 are now available for download via the SIPRI website. Summaries of the Yearbook are also available in a number of languages. The full text of the Yearbook will be translated into Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Ukrainian. Find out more about the SIPRI Yearbook on the Oxford University Press website.

For more information about the launch contact SIPRI Communications Director Stephanie Blenckner.

9:30-12.00, 11 November, Stockholm
Violence against healthcare workers: Translating research into action

Complex security environments are beset by violence, armed conflict, extreme poverty and a lack of governance. While reliable access to healthcare is most needed in these settings, targeted violence against healthcare workers threatens its delivery. In this seminar, we discuss challenges in collecting data on the scope, nature, drivers and impacts of violence against health workers and how to effectively use this data for timely action.

Speakers and panellists:

  • Pieter-Jan van Eggermont (Médecins Sans Frontières Sweden)
  • Larissa Fast (Kroc Insitute for International Peace Studies/Insecurity Insight)
  • Valerie Houtez (International Committee of the Red Cross)
  • Kathleen Ryou (Humanitarian Outcomes)
  • Eva Svoboda (Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute)

The event will take place at the Swedish Red Cross (Svenska Röda Korset), Hornsgatan 54, Stockholm. Download the event flyer (PDF). Register via Eventbrite. For more information contact Dr Rachel Irwin.


SIPRI Director
SIPRI seeks a Director to lead the Institute's work. Applications are invited from persons of any nationality. Applications with a cover letter and CV should be addressed to SIPRI’s Deputy Director, Jakob Hallgren, and be emailed or postmarked by 14 November 2014.

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SIPRI Researcher defends doctoral thesis
On 7 October 2014 SIPRI Researcher Vincent Boulanin defended his PhD dissertation, entitled 'From Defence to Security: the diversification of European armament firms in the realm of security' (in French), at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Boulanin was awarded a PhD degree summa cum laude in political science.

SIPRI expert receives award from Russian non-governmental organization
On 4 October Tariq Rauf, Director of the SIPRI Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, received an award from the Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center) in Moscow for 'strengthening the non-proliferation regime'. Other recipients were the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov, the Head of the Center for International Security at IMEMO RAS, Alexei Arbatov, and Joby Warrick of the Washington Post.


SIPRI delegation visits Tehran

>> SIPRI delegation visits Tehran

>> SIPRI signs MoU with Korean think tank

>> SIPRI experts participate in Security Jam

>> SIPRI hosts lecture on Afghanistan

>> New SIPRI–GICHD report on anti-vehicle mines

>> New SIPRI reports on peacekeeping dialogues

>> In brief: SIPRI activities in October 2014

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>> Peter Clevestig's SIPRI Expert Comment on the Ebola outbreak was picked up by Ria Novosti.

>> Rachel Irwin wrote an article on the Ebola outbreak for the European Leadership Network.

>> Pieter Wezeman was quoted in Al Jazeera and Deutsche Welle on Middle East arms flows. He also spoke to Omvärlden about Sweden's arms exports, and to Vice News about Iraq.

>> Neil Melvin wrote an opinion piece for Open Democracy on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

>> Shannon Kile was quoted in a Deutsche Welle article on North Korea's nuclear capabilities.

>> Zhou Hang wrote opinion pieces for The Diplomat and the Jamestown Foundation on China and South Sudan.

>> Oliver Bräuner wrote an article on China's maritime strategy in the East and South China Seas for Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (in German).

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Russia’s Evolving Arctic Strategy: Drivers, Challenges and New Opportunities

by Ekaterina Klimenko

This Policy Paper analyses the evolving Russian Arctic strategy in the changing international context. The author argues that, while debate has increased in the media and research community with regard to China's potential as a partner for development of the Arctic, significant challenges stand in the way of a major reorientation of Russian Arctic policy towards China. The success of Russia's recent energy cooperation with China will depend on solving previous problems, developing mutually acceptable forms of cooperation and increasing mutual trust.

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Russia’s Evolving Arctic Strategy: Drivers, Challenges and New Opportunities


The Arms Trade Treaty: challenges for the First Conference of States Parties

by Sibylle Bauer, Paul Beijer and Mark Bromley

Before the end of 2014 at least 50 states will have ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), triggering its entry into force. While the ATT provides a loose framework for what these mechanisms will look like, many details remain undefined. Key decisions include agreeing the structure, tasks and funding mechanisms of the ATT Secretariat and templates for national reporting. This paper outlines the various options for key aspects of ATT implementation and draws relevant lessons from existing arms control and export control instruments. .

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The Arms Trade Treaty: challenges for the First Conference of States Parties


The consensus on Mali and international conflict management in a multipolar world

by Xenia Avezov and Timo Smit

The transition towards multipolarity in the international system has concerned many observers in recent years. Despite the stalemate at the United Nations Security Council over the conflict in Syria, the growing isolation of Russia following events in Ukraine and persistent suspicion in the West about the implications of a Chinese superpower, the international community’s ability to swiftly respond to the conflict in Mali demonstrates that cooperation among emerging and traditional powers is attainable in a multipolar world.

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The consensus on Mali and international conflict management in a multipolar world

Arms Industry Transformation and Integration

Arms Industry Transformation and Integration:
The Choices of Central Europe

Protecting China’s Overseas Interests

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

Relations between Afghanistan and Central Asian states after 2014

Relations between Afghanistan and
Central Asian States
after 2014

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