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SIPRI to co-host WMD non-proliferation and disarmament pathways online course with a focus on nuclear and aerospace engineering

SIPRI and the European Union Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) are pleased to host a second installment of the intensive introductory course on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), mechanisms to control their further spread and pathways to disarmament. The course will take place on 2–5 May 2023 online.

SIPRI briefs the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence on the impact of the war in Ukraine on EU arms export controls

On 29 November, Giovanna Maletta, Senior Researcher with the Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme, and Dr Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, Director and Senior Researcher with the Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme, participated in a public hearing of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence. The hearing was entitled ‘The War in Ukraine: Implications for Arms Export Policies at the EU Level’.

SIPRI at the 10th annual EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

On 6–7 December 2021, SIPRI actively participated in the 10th annual EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference. The conference, which is funded by the European Union (EU), was organized by the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI) on behalf of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC).

Emerging technologies pose challenges to the control of biological weapons, new SIPRI report

(Berlin/Stockholm, 14 March 2019) Advances in additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and robotics could increase the possibilities for the development, production and use of biological weapons. The existing biological arms control and non-proliferation governance framework needs to be adapted to address these security risks, according to a new report from SIPRI.

New SIPRI papers on the proliferation challenges associated with transfers of software and technology and 3D printing

SIPRI is pleased to announce the publication of two new papers, entitled ‘The challenge of software and technology transfers to non-proliferation efforts: Implementing and complying with export controls’ and ‘The challenge of emerging technologies to non-proliferation efforts: Controlling additive manufacturing and intangible transfers of technology’.

SIPRI study examines the challenges associated with implementing effective Internal Compliance Programmes

SIPRI publishes Concept Paper and set of Good Practice Guides examining the challenges facing the establishment and implementation of an effective Internal Compliance Programme (ICP) by companies and research institutes subject to dual-use and arms export controls.

New mapping tool for successful Arms Trade Treaty implementation

National implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) require States Parties to strengthen their arms transfer control systems and implement measures for addressing the diversion of conventional arms. Today SIPRI is pleased to present a web-based tool for mapping activities aimed at building state capacity in these areas. 

These ATT-relevant cooperation and assistance activities are carried out by states, international and regional organizations and NGOs. However, difficulties in coordinating these activities can lead to gaps in coverage or duplication of efforts.

SIPRI expertise feeds into review of European Union export control policy for dual-use goods

The European Union is reviewing its export control policy for dual-use goods and technologies. It aims to adjust existing policies to meet changes in security environments, trading patterns and technology through a broad range of legal and practical measures. Although concrete proposals will not be presented before early 2016, they could potentially include:

New SIPRI project on mapping ATT-relevant cooperation and assistance activities in sub-Saharan Africa

SIPRI has received funding from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to produce a database that will map Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)-relevant cooperation and assistance activities in sub-Saharan Africa. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament (UNREC) .

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

From 13 to 16 May SIPRI and the German Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) held a Training Workshop in Frankfurt.

The workshop took place within the framework of the common project on knowledge development and transfer of best practice on the monitoring of imports and exports of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials.

SIPRI experts present at strategic trade control seminars

On 28–31 October Dr Sibylle Bauer, Director of SIPRI's Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme, participated in an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) seminar in Kuala Lumpur, giving a presentation on facilitating trade in a secure trading environment. The seminar, which was hosted by the Malaysian Government, was entitled Approaches to the Effective Implementation of Strategic Trade Management.

SIPRI to advise CBRN project

SIPRI will support the German Federal Office for Economics and Export Control (BAFA) in the implementation of a 2-year project on the monitoring of imports and exports of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) materials.

The project is funded by the European Union's Instrument for Stability in the context of the CBRN Risk Mitigation Centre of Excellence (COE) initiative (Project 5).

SIPRI will develop and advise on methodologies and concepts, drawing on expertise both in the specific issue area and in practical project implementation.

SIPRI conducts first counter-proliferation and strategic trade controls course

SIPRI Researcher Vitaly Fedchenko presents during the course in Dubai SIPRI, in conjunction with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), organized a counter-proliferation and strategic trade controls course for export licensing, customs and law enforcement officials belonging to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.

Taking stock of Arms Trade Treaty implementation assistance: Challenges and lessons learned


In the framework of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Working Group meetings and the Seventh Conference of States Parties (CSP7) Informal Preparatory Meeting (26–30 April 2021), SIPRI is hosting a virtual side event on the role of international assistance to implement the ATT.

3D Printing Missiles on Demand? Additive Manufacturing as a Challenge to the Missile Technology Control Regime


This webinar brings together a distinguished panel of technical and policy experts to discuss the challenges additive manufacturing (AM) poses to export controls, and how they can be addressed through national and multilateral export control instruments such as the MTCR.