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The crumbling architecture of arms control

Dan Smith

At a political rally on Saturday, 20 October, US President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the 1987 Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). This confirms what has steadily been unfolding over the past couple of years: the architecture of Russian–US nuclear arms control is crumbling.

European Union steps up its efforts to become the global leader on addressing climate-related security risks

Niklas Bremberg and Dr Malin Mobjörk

On 26 February 2018 the European Union (EU) adopted its latest Council Conclusions on Climate Diplomacy following a Council Meeting of Foreign Ministers in Brussels.

Strengthening the ban on chemical weapons: The case of Syria

Dr Ian Anthony and Dr John Hart

The French initiative is a commendable effort to hold facilitators and supporters of CW use in Syria legally accountable and thereby to help ensure that the CWC norms are not fundamentally undermined through inaction or neglect.

Why humanitarian assistance needs rigorous evaluation

Dr Anastasia Aladysheva

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), the number of people in need of humanitarian aid in 2017 rose to 141.1 million and they were located in 37 countries. The Global Humanitarian Appeal stood at nearly $13 billion as of November 2017, which represented 58 per cent of the total fund target set for humanitarian assistance.

Climate change, food security and sustaining peace

Dr Florian Krampe

‘We have succeeded at keeping famine at bay, we have not kept suffering at bay’, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while briefing members of the UN Security Council on 12 October.

Sustainable policies must be built on inclusiveness: Reflections on the 1997 Helsinki Summit

Dr Ian Anthony

SIPRI’s Ian Anthony reflects on the 1997 Helsinki Summit

2017: The year in which nuclear weapons could be banned?

Tariq Rauf

A UN conference to negotiate a ‘legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination’ will begin next week. Tariq Rauf looks at who wants what.

Beyond the peace agreement: How can civil society contribute to peace in Mali?

Aurélien Tobie

Civil society mobilized quickly in Mali after the 2012 crisis. SIPRI and its Malian partner CONASCIPAL have launched a new project in Mali to further support civil society on the road to sustainable peace.

Against all odds: using the Sustainable Development Goals to overcome fragility

Dr Gary Milante and Kate Sullivan

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the first international policy to explicitly recognize peace, justice and inclusive institutions as the foundation for sustainable development.