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Dr Diego Lopes da Silva

Senior Researcher

Dr Diego Lopes da Silva

Dr Diego Lopes da Silva

Dr Diego Lopes da Silva is a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme. He holds a PhD in Peace, Defense and International Security Studies from the São Paulo State University, Brazil. His current research concerns the interplay between institutions, political transitions and military spending. He has also published on the arms trade and arms production.

Subject expertise

Arms Trade, Military Expenditure

Regional expertise

South America

Portuguese, English

PhD in International Relations, São Paulo State University; Master’s degree in Peace, Defense and International Security, São Paulo State University, Brazil



External publications
  • Tian, N., Lopes da Silva, D. and Kuimova, A., Military Spending and the Achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in UNODA Occasional Papers no. 35, Rethinking Unconstrained Military Spending, pp. 21-37, United Nations, New York (2020)
  • Silva, D. L., Reassessing Brazil's Arms Industry. In: Hartley, K.; Belin, J. (ed), The Economics of the Global Defence Industry, New York: Routledge (2019)
  • Silva, D. L., Filling arms production data gaps: South America as a case in point, Economics of Peace and Security Journal, 13(2), 20–27 (2018)
  • Silva, D. L., Dependência da Importação de Insumos para a Defesa: Uma Breve Análise do Caso Colombiano [Arms Import Dependence: A Brief Analysis of the Colombian Case]. Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Defesa. Vol. 3, No 1, (2016)
  • Saint Pierre, H. L. and Silva, D. L., A Torre de Babel Sul-Americana: A Importância da Convergência Conceitual para a Cooperação em Defesa [The South American Babel Tower: The Importance of Conceptual Convergence to Defense Cooperation]. In: Érica C. A. Winand; Israel Roberto Barnabé; Lucas M. Pinheiro. (Org.). Relações Internacionais. 1 ed. Brasília: Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão, p. 43-66 (2014)
  • Saint Pierre, H. L. and Silva, D. L., Percepções de Segurança Regional no Âmbito da UNASUL: O Conselho Sul-Americano de Defesa [Regional Security Perceptions Within UNASUR: The South American Defense Council]. In: Luis Fernando Ayerbe. (Org.). Territorialidades e Entrecruzamentos Geopolíticos na América Latina. 1ed.São Paulo: Cultura Acadêmica, v. 1, p. 220-244 (2014)
  • Silva, D. L., Metodologias de Transparência Militar: Aportes Técnicos e Teóricos sobre o Caso Sul-Americano [Military Transparency Methodologies: Technical and Theoretical Approaches to the South American Case]. Cadernos de Campo, V. 2, No 1 (2014)