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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’.

Global arms industry rankings: Sales up 4.6 per cent worldwide and US companies dominate the Top 5

Sales of arms and military services by the sector’s largest 100 companies (excluding those in China) totalled $420 billion in 2018, marking an increase of 4.6 per cent compared with the previous year. This is according to new data released today by SIPRI in the SIPRI Top 100 ranking.

The state preferred as justice and security provider over non-state and informal actors—new SIPRI/Cordaid study on CAR and DRC

In two days, on 14 November, the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) will be renewed, as will the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), next month.

Climate change challenges the future success of peacebuilding—shows new SIPRI study on Somalia

(Stockholm, 23 October 2019) Climate change poses serious challenges to current and future peacebuilding missions, according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) which studies the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).