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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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Working Papers

Title: Russia's Evolving Arctic Strategy: Drivers, Challenges and New Opportunities
Authors: Ekaterina Klimenko
Date: September 2014

Title: Protecting China's Overseas Interests: The Slow Shift away from Non-interference
Authors: Mathieu Duchâtel, Oliver Bräuner, Zhou Hang
Date: June 2014

Title: China's Policy on North Korea: Economic Engagement and Nuclear Disarmament
Authors: Mathieu Duchâtel, Phillip Schell
Date: December 2013

Title: China's Exports of Small Arms and Light Weapons
Authors: Mark Bromley, Mathieu Duchâtel, paul holtom
Date: October 2013

Title: Strengthening the European Union's Future Approach to WMD Non-proliferation
Authors: Ian Anthony, Lina Grip
Date: June 2013

Title: The Proliferation Security Initiative: Legal Considerations and Operational Realities
Authors: Aaron Dunne
Date: May 2013

Title: The Future of the Chemical Weapons Convention: Policy and Planning Aspects
Authors: Mohamed Daoudi, John Hart, Ajey Lele, Ralf Trapp
Date: April 2013

Title: China's Arctic Aspirations
Authors: Linda Jakobson, Jingchao Peng
Date: November 2012

Title: Verifying a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty: Technical and Organizational Considerations
Authors: Shannon N. Kile, Robert E. Kelley
Date: August 2012

Title: The Arctic policies of Canada and the United States: domestic motives and international context
Authors: Kristofer Bergh
Date: July 2012

Title: Implementing an arms trade treaty: mapping assistance to strengthen arms transfer controls
Authors: paul holtom, Mark Bromley
Date: July 2012

Title: Military capabilities in the Arctic
Authors: Siemon T. Wezeman
Date: March 2012

Title: Transparency in Military Spending and Arms Acquisitions in Latin America and the Caribbean
Authors: Mark Bromley, Carina Solmirano
Date: January 2012

Title: Maritime Transport and Destabilizing Commodity Flows
Authors: Hugh Griffiths, Michael Jenks
Date: January 2012

Title: Arms Flows to Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Pieter D. Wezeman, Siemon T. Wezeman, Lucie Béraud-Sudreau
Date: December 2011

Title: Towards a regional security regime for the middle east
Date: October 2011

Title: Israeli arms transfers to sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Siemon T. Wezeman
Date: October 2011

Title: China's Energy and Security Relations with Russia: Hopes, Frustrations and Uncertainties
Authors: Linda Jakobson, paul holtom, Dean Knox, Jingchao Peng
Date: October 2011

Title: New social media and conflict in Kyrgyzstan
Authors: Neil Melvin, Tolkun Umaraliev
Date: August 2011

Title: Transit and trans-shipment controls in an arms trade treaty
Authors: paul holtom, Mark Bromley
Date: July 2011

Title: Import controls and an arms trade treaty
Authors: Mark Bromley, paul holtom
Date: July 2011

Title: Implementing an Arms Trade Treaty: Lessons on Reporting and Monitoring from Existing Mechanisms
Authors: paul holtom, Mark Bromley
Date: July 2011

Title: Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Aligning Trade and Security Interventions
Authors: Ruben de Koning
Date: June 2011

Title: Ukrainian arms supplies to sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: paul holtom
Date: February 2011

Title: The limitations of European Union reports on arms exports: the case of Central Asia
Authors: paul holtom, Mark Bromley
Date: September 2010

Title: New Foreign Policy Actors in China
Authors: Linda Jakobson, Dean Knox
Date: September 2010

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: SIPRI Yearbook 1997
Authors: Agnes Allebeck, Ian Anothony, Eric Arnett, Vladimir Baranowsky, Julian Cooper, Susanna Eckstein, Ragnhild Ferm, Trevor Findlay, Paul George, John Hart, Peter Jones, Shannon Kile, Zdzislaw Lachowski, Adam Rotfeld, Elisabeth Skons, Margareta Sollenberg, Peter Wallensteen, Eva Maria Weintraub, Pieter Wezeman, Siemon Wezeman, Jean Zanders
Date: June 1997