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Monitoring international arms transfers: The difficult case of production under licence

Siemon T. Wezeman

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database is a record of how certain military technological capabilities are transferred from state to state. Its fundamental aim is to inform, and ideally stimulate, discussion that might lead to a better understanding of the state of peace and security around the world.

Overcoming barriers to grassroots inclusion in peace processes

Dr Marina Caparini and José Francisco Alvarado Cóbar

While grassroots participation in peace processes is increasingly recognized as a way of achieving more inclusive and sustainable peace, moving beyond the realm of traditional diplomacy among high-level actors remains a challenge.

USA–India strategic continuity in the Biden administration transition

Dr Lora Saalman

Following the declassification of the United States’ National Security Council’s (NSC) US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific, and the transition from Donald J.

India’s no-first-use dilemma: Strategic consistency or ambiguity towards China and Pakistan

Dr Lora Saalman

On 14 October 2020, in a statement to the Conference on Disarmament, Indian ambassador, Pankaj Sharma, reiterated India’s commitment to a policy of no first use (NFU) of nuclear weapons.

Russia’s nuclear doctrine moves the focus from non-Western threats

Dr Petr Topychkanov

In June 2020 Russia made its nuclear doctrine more transparent in terms of why, when and how it would use nuclear weapons. Without naming potential adversaries, Russia is now more explicit about the regional scenarios that could lead to nuclear warfare.

China’s detachment from the South Asian nuclear triangle

Dr Lora Saalman

In contrast with coverage of the recent China–India border conflict, Chinese analysis of nuclear issues in South Asia has been decreasing.

Mali’s transition: High expectations and little time

Dr Virginie Baudais and Dr Grégory Chauzal

On 17–18 August 2020, a military coup—the fourth since the independence of the country—led to the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK), two years after his re-election.

The Anthropocene and global politics: Rewriting the Earth as political space

Rickard Söder, Dr Malin Mobjörk and Dr Eva Lövbrand

Last year, the Anthropocene Working Group—a group of researchers responsible for investigating a potential formalization of the Anthropocene—agreed to recognize a new geologic epoch to mark humans’ profound impact on th

New trends and developments in border tensions between China and India

Dr Petr Topychkanov

While de-escalating the over one month-long stand-off in disputed areas in the Himalayan region, Chinese and Indian troops clashed again on 15 June.

A cautionary tale of military expenditure transparency during the great lockdown

Dr Nan Tian

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has dramatically changed the world we inhabit. Not only has there been unimaginable human suffering worldwide, but the necessary protective measures implemented by governments around the world have caused an economic fallout far worse than the 2008–2009 financial crisis and unprecedented since the Great Depression of 1929.