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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute


In 1964, Prime Minister Tage Erlander of Sweden put forward the idea of establishing a peace research institute to commemorate Sweden’s 150 years of unbroken peace. A Swedish Royal Commission chaired by Ambassador Alva Myrdal proposed in its 1966 report to establish this institute, later named the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI. The Institute’s research should seek to contribute to “the understanding of the preconditions for a stable peace and for peaceful solutions of international conflicts” and the Commission recommended that research be concentrated on armaments, their limitation and reduction, and arms control. The Commission also recommended that SIPRI work be of  “an applied research character directed toward practical-political questions [which] should be carried on in a constant interchange with research of a more theoretical kind.”

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Policy Briefs

Title: The consensus on Mali and international conflict management in a multipolar world
Authors: Xenia Avezov, Timo Smit
Date: September 2014

Title: Trends in world military expenditure, 2013
Authors: Sam Perlo-Freeman, Carina Solmirano
Date: April 2014

Title: Trends in international arms transfers, 2013
Authors: Siemon T. Wezeman, Pieter D. Wezeman
Date: March 2014

Title: Peacekeepers at risk: the lethality of peace operations
Authors: Jaïr van der Lijn, Jane Dundon
Date: February 2014

Title: Creating a 'one house' culture at the IAEA through matrix management
Authors: Robert E. Kelley
Date: January 2014

Title: Natural resources and conflict: a new security challenge for the European Union
Authors: Nicholas Garrett, Anna Piccinni
Date: June 2012

Title: Reporting to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms
Authors: paul holtom, Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, Henning Weber
Date: May 2011

Title: National reports on arms exports
Authors: Henning Weber, Mark Bromley
Date: March 2011

Title: Controlling conflict resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Authors: Ruben de Koning
Date: July 2010

Title: chemical and Biochemical Non-lethal Weapons: Political and Technical Aspects
Authors: ronald g. sutherland
Date: November 2008

Title: The Impact on Domestic Policy of the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports The Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Spain
Authors: Mark Bromley
Date: August 2008

Title: Transparency in transfers of small arms and light weapons
Authors: paul holtom
Date: July 2008

Title: Conflict in Southern Thailand: Islamism, Violence and the State in the Patani Insurgency
Authors: Neil J. Melvin
Date: September 2007

Title: Countering Bio-threats: EU Instruments for Managing Biological Materials, Technology and Knowledge
Authors: Frida Kuhlau
Date: August 2007

Title: Foreign Military Bases in Eurasia
Authors: Zdzislaw Lachowski
Date: June 2007

Title: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Authors: Alyson J. K. Bailes, Pál Dunay, Pan Guang, Mikhail Troitskiy
Date: May 2007

Title: Building Stability in the North Caucasus: Ways Forward for Russia and the European Union
Authors: Neil J. Melvin
Date: May 2007

Title: Regionalism in South Asian Diplomacy
Authors: Alyson J. K. Bailes, John Gooneratne, Mavara Inayat, Jamshed Ayaz Khan, Swaran Singh
Date: February 2007

Title: Relics of Cold War: Defence Transformation in the Czech Republic
Authors: Miroslav Tuma
Date: September 2006

Title: The Terrorist Threat and the Policy Response in Pakistan
Authors: Aarish Ullah Khan
Date: September 2005

Title: The European Security Strategy: An Evolutionary History
Authors: Alison J. K. Bailes
Date: February 2005

Title: Private Security Companies: The Case for Regulation
Authors: Caroline Holmqvist
Date: January 2005

Title: The European Union Code of Conduct on Arms Exports: Improving the Annual Report
Authors: Sibylle Bauer, Mark Bromley
Date: November 2004

Title: SIPRI Yearbook 2004: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (Pocket-size Summary Edition)
Date: September 2004

Title: Sizing and Shaping European Armed Forces Lessons and Considerations from the Nordic Countries
Authors: William Hopkinson
Date: March 2004

Title: Relics of Cold War: Europe's Challenge, Ukraine's Experience
Authors: Ian Anthony, Alyson J.K. Bailes, Oleksiy Melnyk
Date: November 2003

Title: Non–Compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention: Lessons from and for Iraq
Authors: Richard Guthrie, John Hart, Frida Kulah, Jean Pascal Zanders
Date: October 2003

Title: The Future of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms
Authors: Siemon T. Wezeman
Date: August 2003

Title: Armament and Disarmament in the Caucasus and Central Asia
Authors: Alyson J. K. Bailes, Björn Hagelin, Zdzislaw Lachowski, Sam Perlo-Freeman, Petter Stålenheim, Dmitri Trofimov
Date: July 2003

Title: Anti-terrorism and Peace-building During and After Conflict
Authors: Ekaterina Stepanova
Date: June 2003

Title: The Adapted CFE Treaty and the Admission of the Baltic States to NATO
Authors: Zdzislaw Lachowski
Date: December 2002

Title: Maintaining the Effectiveness of the Chemical Weapons Convention
Authors: John Hart, Frida Kuhlau, Ronald Sutherland, Jean Pascal Zanders
Date: October 2002

Title: Biotechnology and the Future of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
Date: November 2001

Title: The New Security Dimensions: Europe after the NATO and EU Enlargements
Authors: Adam Daniel Rotfeld
Date: April 2001

Title: Transparency in the Arms Industry
Authors: Eamon Surry
Date: (Date Not Available)

Title: Territorial Disarmament in Northern Europe: The Epilogue of a Success Story?
Authors: Matthieu Chillaud
Date: (Date Not Available)