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Peace and development

SIPRI looks at the long-term causes of insecurity and efforts to develop paths to sustainable peace.

Developing and sustaining peace requires an understanding of the root causes of conflict and insecurity. SIPRI looks at what drives conflict and what drives long-term, positive change by analysing economic, social, political and environmental factors. We contribute to both research and dialogue in order to inform policy and practice to forge a path to peace. 

Our work in this field is broad, with topics ranging from marginalization to climate change. Conflicts are rarely caused by one single factor; often several issues play a role as they reinforce and exacerbate each other. SIPRI’s research reflects the complexity of conflict drivers and the relationships between them, as well as how they differ across contexts.

A crucial part of SIPRI’s work on peace and development is the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. Held annually, the Stockholm Forum brings together researchers, policymakers and journalists to address the most pressing issues relevant for achieving peace.


Plains in Kenya. Photo: Shutterstock

SIPRI looks at the effects of climate change on peace and security.

A women's health group at the Jamam refugee camp in South Sudan, 2012

SIPRI looks at the negative effects of exclusion on peace and development and the positive benefits of inclusion.

Slums and high-rise buildings in Manila, Philippines

SIPRI focuses on the conditions necessary to resolve conflicts and the effects of positive peace in promoting sustainable development.     


Gary Milante Dr Gary Milante is the Director of the Peace and Development Programme.
Martina Selmi Martina Selmi is Coordinator of SIPRI’s Peace and Development Programme.