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Declining trends in multilateral peace operations continued in 2019; attention shifting towards the Middle East and North Africa–new SIPRI data

While the number of United Nations and non-UN multilateral peace operations increased slightly in 2019, the number of personnel deployed in them decreased, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Former SIPRI Researcher Arthur H. Westing—in memoriam

SIPRI mourns the passing of former SIPRI expert Arthur H. Westing (United States), who died on 30 April 2020 at the age of 91.

Save the date: Sustaining peace in the time of COVID-19 in focus at the 2020 Virtual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

(Stockholm,  5 May 2020) This year, the global community of the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will convene, for the first time, in a professional virtual space between 11-22 May.

Global military expenditure sees largest annual increase in a decade—says SIPRI—reaching $1917 billion in 2019

Total global military expenditure rose to $1917 billion in 2019. The total for 2019 represents an increase of 3.6 per cent from 2018 and the largest annual growth in spending since 2010. The five largest spenders in 2019, which accounted for 62 per cent of expenditure, were the United States, China, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Former SIPRI Researcher Julian Perry Robinson—in memoriam

SIPRI mourns the passing of former SIPRI expert Julian Perry Robinson (United Kingdom), who died on 22 April 2020 at the age of 78.

SIPRI welcomes Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra to the Governing Board

(Stockholm, 23 April) The Swedish Government has formally appointed Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra as a member of the SIPRI Governing Board.

USA and France dramatically increase major arms exports; Saudi Arabia is largest arms importer, says SIPRI

International transfers of major arms during the five-year period 2015–19 increased by 5.5 per cent compared with 2010–14. According to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the largest exporters of arms during the past five years were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China.

SIPRI briefs UN Security Council on climate-related security risks in Somalia

Today, Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, briefed the United Nations Security Council on the particular obstacles climate change is creating for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.

New SIPRI data reveals scale of Chinese arms industry

New research from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) suggests that China is the second-largest arms producer in the world, behind the United States but ahead of Russia.

New video on conflict and technology: Now and in the future

On 3 October 2019, SIPRI hosted the fourth Stockholm Security Conference on the theme ‘Conflict and technology: Now and in the future’.