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Libya at the crossroads—the challenge of consolidating peace

The Libyan rebels have swept to almost certain victory over the regime of Muammar Gaddafi on a wave of international goodwill and support.

Oct. 11: The UN Security Council: relevance without reform?

Dr Ian Anthony

On the occasion of United Nations Day, 24 October, it seems only fair to counter some of the more pessimistic assessments of the UN's role in relation to global security.

Arctic cooperation must become more inclusive

Kristofer Bergh

July 2011 saw the lowest extent of Arctic sea ice for that month since satellite measurements began in 1979.

The Arms Trade Treaty negotiations: seize the opportunity

Paul Holtom and Mark Bromley

When the penultimate meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepComm) for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) convenes in New York in July, the delegates will have a packed agenda.

The global security governance system—meeting tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s tools

Dr Bates Gill

It is one of the most privileged and fascinating tasks of a SIPRI Director to read through the various chapters and appendices of a new SIPRI Yearbook as it takes shape.

Libya: lessons in controlling the arms trade

Pieter D. Wezeman

As the violence in Libya escalates and the international community examines how to respond to internal conflict and human rights violations, arms supply should be analysed.

Apr. 11: Falling European military spending—a threat to our security?

Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman

SIPRI’s recently released data on military spending for 2010 shows world military expenditure continuing to grow, albeit at a slower rate than in recent years, reaching US$1630 billion.

Feb. 11: Taking stock of Russian–US arms control after New START

Shannon N. Kile

The hard-won entry into force of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) between Russia and the United States was, for many arms control and disarmament advocates, a gratifying but underwhelming moment.

Jan. 11: The politics of peacekeeping in Africa: the end of indifference?

Sharon Wiharta

As fragile and uncertain as the developments in Côte d’Ivoire and Sudan at the start of 2011 appear, each contains encouraging evidence of something new happening in Africa.

The African Union mission in Somalia: decision time

Paul D. Williams

The African Union (AU) dubbed 2010 the year of ‘peace and security in Africa’. For the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) it has been anything but.