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The surprising peacekeeping consensus, SIPRI Yearbook 2013 in Chinese and more

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SIPRI Update: Global Security & Arms Control          
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Peace operations in a multipolar world: a surprising consensus

Despite pessimism about contemporary arrangements for international conflict management, the preliminary results from an ongoing SIPRI research project suggest that consensus remains possible in the future peace operations landscape, argue Jaïr van der Lijn and Xenia Avezov.

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United Nations peacekeeping troops training in Mali

Launch of Chinese translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2013

On 22 September SIPRI and the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA) launched the Chinese translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2013 at an event in Beijing attended by more than 80 foreign diplomats, arms control experts and scholars.

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Launch of Chinese translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2013

SIPRI expert appointed Coordinator of UN Panel of Experts

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed SIPRI Senior Researcher Hugh Griffiths as Coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts monitoring UN sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea).

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UN in Korea

14–16 October, online
Security Jam: Brainstorming Global Security

2014 Security Jam logo

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.

Register for the Security Jam online. Contact Stephanie Blenckner for more information.

11 November, Stockholm
Violence against healthcare workers: Translating research into action

SIPRI will co-host a seminar with the Swedish Red Cross on the challenges involved in collecting reliable data on the scope, nature and drivers of violence against healthcare workers. The seminar will be held at the offices of the Swedish Red Cross. Register via Eventbrite. For more information contact Dr Rachel Irwin.


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Audience members at the SIPRI–CONASCIPAL event in Bamako, Mali

>> SIPRI co-hosts meeting between Malian traditional leaders and women’s groups

>> SIPRI expert attends Arms Trade Treaty meeting

>> SIPRI co-hosts conference on protecting nationals and overseas interests

>> SIPRI experts present at non-proliferation conference

>> In brief: SIPRI activities in September 2014

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>> Ian Anthony commented on the INF Treaty for PenzaNews.

>> Zhou Hang wrote on relations between China and Sudan in African Arguments.

>> Oliver Bräuner discussed arms transfers to South East Asia in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte.

>> Sam Perlo-Freeman was quoted in the Independent on the NATO summit.

>> Siemon Wezeman's comments to Reuters on Viet Nam's submarine programme were picked up by the Economic Times and others.

>> Aude Fleurant discussed the France–Russia Mistral deal in Ria Novosti.

>> Neil Melvin was quoted on the NATO summit by Bloomberg.

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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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