On 21–25 August, SIPRI and its partners hosted the Armament and Disarmament Summer School. This event served as an invaluable platform for emerging professionals in the areas of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control to come together for a week of education, skill development and networking.
The summer school saw the participation of a total of 26 participants from 21 countries including Cameroon, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan, Ukraine and the United States. Throughout the week, participants engaged in a wide range of sessions, lectures and activities aimed at deepening their understanding of disarmament-related issues.
SIPRI experts led sessions on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, export controls, military spending, arms transfers, artificial intelligence and space security. The summer school also featured a range of external experts including Dr Matthew Bunn from the Harvard Kennedy School, who opened the summer school with an overview of the current state of play. The summer school also featured practical skill-building workshops on topics such as policy writing and how to communicate research findings to the media.
About the Armament and Disarmament Summer School
The Armament and Disarmament Summer School is hosted by SIPRI and the Alva Myrdal Centre for Nuclear Disarmament at Uppsala University, in cooperation with the Odesa Center for Nonproliferation. The 2023 edition accommodated 26 participants from 21 countries and a diverse range of backgrounds including students, lecturers, researchers, policy officers and junior diplomats. This was the second iteration of the summer school with the first being held in 2022.