- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict and peace
- Peace and development
Peace can be thought of as an investment; the peace of today not only allows for production and consumption today, but also creates expectations and culture of peace for tomorrow. For example, Sweden has enjoyed over 200 years of peace and the people of Sweden, whether they appreciate it or not, benefit every day from the compounded interest from generations of investment in peace. Meanwhile, most developing countries have colonial legacies and recent histories of violence which affect development today. By definition, sustainable development includes consumption and economic behaviour today that does not negatively impact consumption and economic behaviour of future generations, so positive, peaceful development today is sustainable development.
SIPRI’s research in this area examines the relationship between peace and different measures of prosperity, giving particular focus to the conditions that support conflict prevention, management and resolution. It also assesses the level and kind of investments in peacebuilding and sustainable development.
SIPRI undertakes research on improving the methods of defining and measuring fragility, which is linked to the effectiveness of development in complex environments.
SIPRI seeks to understand the root causes of different kinds of migration and the experiences of migrants in order to inform policies that incorporate the security, development and humanitarian aspects of mobility.
SIPRI monitors and maps anti–vehicle mine incidents and provides trend analysis on their humanitarian and developmental impact.
SIPRI looks at trends in aid to fragile and conflict-affected countries over the last 15 years and in the new development era of the Sustainable Development Goals.