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SIPRI researchers Lawrence Dermody, Aaron Dunne and Hugh Griffiths presented recent maritime and customs-related research at an expert seminar in Stockholm today organized by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).
The expert seminar, entitled Complex Proliferation Mechanics: Mapping Critical Information, was opened by former Chief United Nations Weapons Inspector Hans Blix and involved foreign ministry and other government agency staff from eight countries.
On 19 March SIPRI Senior Researcher Hugh Griffiths, Head of the Countering Illicit Trafficking-Mechanism Assessment Projects (CIT-MAP), spoke at a public hearing at the European Parliament organized by the Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) in Brussels.
September saw the first of two regional workshops aimed at engaging Transport Service Providers (TSPs) as counter-proliferation partners, take place in Malta for the Middle East and North Africa region.
On 13 May Hugh Griffiths (right), head of SIPRI's Countering Illicit Trafficking–Mechanism Assessment Projects (CIT-MAP), briefed a meeting of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Operational Experts Group (OEG) at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
On 14–16 November Dr Sibylle Bauer, Director of SIPRI’s Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme, gave a presentation on the control lists of the nonproliferation regimes and their relation to the harmonized customs code at the first World Customs Organization (WCO) conference on Strategic Trade Controls Enforcement in Brussels.
On 29 May SIPRI Senior Researcher Hugh Griffiths presented new research on arms flows to Syrian government and opposition forces from European and Middle Eastern states at an event in Madrid hosted by the Spanish Institute for International Affairs and Foreign Policy (INCIPE).
The invitation-only two-hour lecture was attended by Spanish government representatives and members of the diplomatic community in Madrid.
On 26 September SIPRI Senior Researcher Hugh Griffiths testified before the US House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee. Griffiths was invited to testify on maritime trafficking and proliferation in relation to North Korea and Cuba by the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed SIPRI Senior Researcher Hugh Griffiths to the UN Panel of Experts monitoring UN sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea).
- 23-24 Nov., Wroclaw, Poland
SIPRI, together with the University of Lower Silesia (Wrocław) and the Marie Curie Sklodowska University (Lublin), organized a conference entitled The Arctic in the First Decade of the 21st Century: Between Competition and Cooperation. SIPRI researchers Kristofer Bergh and Ekaterina Klimenko presented their research at the conference.
- 27-28 Nov., Beijing
November saw the second of two regional workshops aimed at engaging the Transport Service Providers (TSPs) as counter-proliferation partners. The workshop took place in Hong Kong for the Asia Pacific (ASPAC) region, following the first workshop in Malta in September.
More than 60% of ships involved in reported cases of sanctions-busting or illicit transfers of arms, drugs, other military equipment and sensitive dual-use goods that could be used in the development of missiles and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are owned by companies based in the EU, NATO or other OECD states, according to the first comprehensive study on maritime trafficking released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
SIPRI’s Hugh Griffiths continues to contribute to the New York-based United Nations Panel of Experts monitoring sanctions on North Korea.