Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an international institute based in Stockholm. It was founded in 1966[1] and provides data, analysis and recommendations for armed conflict, military expenditure and arms trade as well as disarmament and arms control. The research is based on open sources and is directed to decision-makers, researchers, media and the interested public.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
LogoName RGB SIPRI.jpg
AbbreviationSIPRI
Formation6 May 1966 (1966-05-06)
FounderTage Erlander, Alva Myrdal
HeadquartersSolna
Location
  • Stockholm, Sweden
Chair
Jan Eliasson
Director
Dan Smith
Websitewww.sipri.org

SIPRI's organizational purpose is to conduct scientific research in issues on conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security, with the goal of contributing to an understanding for the conditions for a peaceful solution of international conflicts and sustainable peace.

SIPRI was ranked among the top three non-US world-wide think tanks in 2014 by the University of Pennsylvania Lauder Institute's Global Go To Think Tanks Report.[2] In 2019, SIPRI ranked 31st amongst think tanks globally.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
Ambassador Alva Myrdal

In 1964, Prime Minister of Sweden Tage Erlander 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 an 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 is of "an applied research character directed towards practical-political questions [which] should be carried on in a constant interchange with research of a more theoretical kind".

SIPRI has built its reputation and standing on competence, professional skills, and the collection of hard data and precise facts, rendering accessible impartial information on weapon developments, arms transfers and production, military expenditure, as well as on arms limitations, reductions and disarmament. The task of the institute is to conduct "scientific research on questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solution of international conflicts and for a stable peace".

The Swedish Riksdag decided that the Institute be established on 1 July 1966 with the legal status of an independent foundation. All SIPRI research is based exclusively on open sources.

OrganisationEdit

SIPRI's organisation consists of a Governing Board, Director, Deputy Director, Research Staff Collegium and support staff. An Advisory Committee serves as a consultative body to the institute. The Governing Board takes decisions on important matters concerning the research agenda, activities, organisation and financial administration of the institute. Other matters are decided by the Director. The Research Staff Collegium advises the Director on research matters.

 
SIPRI headquarters in Solna, Stockholm

The staff of about 70 employees is mainly international, with 25 different nationalities reported in 2019.[4] The researchers are recruited for specific project periods and represent various academic disciplines. SIPRI also hosts guest researchers who work on issues related to research programmes as well as interns in relevant fields whose programmes of study can contribute to and benefit from SIPRI's research.

The institute works in a global network, with partnerships and cooperation between other institutes and with individual scientists. SIPRI has close cooperation with many multilateral organisations, for example, the United Nations and the European Union. SIPRI is frequently visited by government delegations, parliamentarians as well as researchers from the academic sphere. The institute keeps close connections with the diplomatic body in Stockholm.

Governing boardEdit

Current members of the Governing Board:

 
Jan Eliasson, Chair of SIPRI Governing Board

Former Governing Board Chairpersons:

DirectorEdit

The Director, who is appointed by the Swedish Government, has the main responsibility for SIPRI's work programme. Dr Bates Gill served as SIPRI Director from 2007–2012.[12] In September 2012, the Swedish Government appointed the German economist Tilman Brück as his successor.[13] Brück held the position of SIPRI Director from January 2013 to June 2014.[14] In June 2014 the SIPRI Governing Board appointed Dr Ian Anthony as Director for an interim period.[15] The current Director, Dan Smith, was appointed in September 2015.[7]

Former SIPRI Directors:

ResearchEdit

Research is conducted at SIPRI by an international staff of about 50 researchers and research assistants. The institute's current research programme centres on the following major themes:

  • Armament and Disarmament[16]
  • Conflict, Peace and Security[17]
  • Peace and Development[18]

With the following research areas:

 
SIPRI Director Dan Smith briefs UN Security Council on climate-related security risks in Somalia
 
SIPRI Military Expenditures 2018
  • Arms and Military Expenditure[19]
  • Nuclear disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation[20]
  • Dual-use and Arms Trade Control[21]
  • Emerging Military and Security Technologies[22]
  • Africa[23]
  • Asia[24]
  • Europe[25]
  • Middle East and North Africa[26]
  • Climate Change and Risk[27]
  • Environment of Peace 2022[28]
  • Governance and Society[29]
  • Sustainable Peace[30]

Publications and informationEdit

SIPRI's publications and information material are distributed to a wide range of policy makers, researchers, journalists, organisations and the interested public. The results of the research are disseminated through the publication of books and reports by SIPRI and commissioned authors as well as through symposia and seminars. The institute has forged its profile by concentrating on present-day realities, providing unbiased facts to states and individuals.

 
SIPRI Yearbook 2020

SIPRI's main publication, the SIPRI Yearbook, was first published on 12 November 1969. The Yearbook serves as a single authoritative and independent source to which politicians, diplomats and journalists can turn for an account of what has happened during the past year in armaments and arms control, armed conflicts and conflict resolution, security arrangements and disarmament. It is translated into a number of other languages, notably Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Arabic.

SIPRI series:[31]

  • SIPRI Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security[32]
  • SIPRI Monographs
  • SIPRI Research Reports
  • SIPRI Chemical & Biological warfare Studies
  • SIPRI Policy Papers
  • SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security
  • SIPRI Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs
  • Multi-author volumes
  • Pocket-size summaries of the Yearbook in English and a number of other languages
  • SIPRI Arms Transfers Database, Iraq 1973-1990

DatabasesEdit

SIPRI research projects maintain large databases on military expenditure, arms-producing industries, arms transfers, chemical and biological warfare, national and international export controls, arms control agreements, annual chronologies of major arms control events, military manoeuvres and nuclear explosions.

SIPRI Arms Transfers DatabaseEdit

Showing all international transfers of major conventional arms since 1950, The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database is the most extensive source of information on international arms transfers available to the public. The database is updated every spring and is useful for anyone seeking to monitor and measure the international flow of major conventional arms.

SIPRI Mapping ATT-Relevant Cooperation and Assistance Activities DatabaseEdit

The SIPRI Mapping ATT-relevant Cooperation and Assistance Activities Database covers cooperation and assistance activities in regards to arms transfer and small arms and light weapons (SALW) controls since 2012. The database supports state's implementation of two treaties - the 2001 UN Programme of Action on SALW and the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty.

SIPRI Arms Industry DatabaseEdit

The SIPRI Arms Industry Database reports on the top 100 largest arms-producing and military services companies.

SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations DatabaseEdit

This database contains data on personnel, country contributions, fatalities and budgets for all multilateral peace operations from the year 2000 and onwards.

SIPRI Military Expenditure DatabaseEdit

Since 1959, the Military Expenditure Database has reported on the annual military spending of most countries around the world.

Events and conferencesEdit

 
The first ever virtual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development 2020

Within the fields of study, SIPRI arranges numerous workshops, conferences, seminars and lectures, bringing together an all-encompassing spectrum of expertise to exchange views on relevant themes. Among these events, the largest are the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, Stockholm Security Conference and SIPRI Lecture.[33][34][35] In 2020, Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development was for the first time held online, convening 3700 registrants from 163 countries in virtual discussions on the theme of "Sustaining Peace in the Time of COVID-19".[36]

FinancesEdit

SIPRI's financial support is primarily drawn from governments and independent philanthropic organisations around the world. SIPRI also receives annual support from the Swedish government in the form of a core grant approved by the Swedish parliament.

See alsoEdit

Peace research institutesEdit

Military budgetsEdit

External linksEdit

Notes and referenceEdit

  1. ^ "About SIPRI | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  2. ^ https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=1008&context=think_tanks
  3. ^ James G. McGann, 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, 2019, University of Pennsylvania Lauder Institute, p. 69.
  4. ^ "SIPRI Annual Review 2019". SIPRI. January 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  5. ^ "SIPRI welcomes Ambassador Jan Eliasson as new Governing Board Chair | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation". United Nations Secretary-General. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Dan Smith appointed Director of SIPRI". Mundus International. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  8. ^ "SIPRI welcomes new Governing Board members | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  9. ^ "SIPRI welcomes Espen Barth Eide as a new member to its Governing Board | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  10. ^ "SIPRI welcomes Jessica Tuchman Mathews as a new member to its Governing Board | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  11. ^ "SIPRI welcomes Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra to the Governing Board | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Bates Gill new SIPRI Director" (Press release). Swedish Government. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  13. ^ "SIPRI welcomes new Director" (Press release). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 20 September 2012. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Press statement by the SIPRI Governing Board: Changes in leadership at SIPRI" (Press release). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  15. ^ "SIPRI announces Director for interim period" (Press release). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  16. ^ "SIPRI Armament and disarmament | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  17. ^ "SIPRI Conflict, peace and security | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  18. ^ "SIPRI Peace and development| SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  19. ^ "SIPRI Arms and military expenditure | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  20. ^ "SIPRI Arms and military expenditure | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  21. ^ "Dual–use and arms trade control | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  22. ^ "Emerging military and security technologies | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Africa | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  24. ^ "Asia | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  25. ^ "Europe | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  26. ^ "Middle East and North Africa | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  27. ^ "Climate Change and Risk | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  28. ^ "Environment of Peace 2022 | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  29. ^ "Governance and society | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  30. ^ "Sustainable Peace | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  31. ^ "List of SIPRI Publications". SIPRI. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  32. ^ "SIPRI Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  33. ^ "Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  34. ^ "2017 Stockholm Security Conference | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  35. ^ "SIPRI Lecture | SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  36. ^ "Stockholm Fourm on Peace and Development 2020| SIPRI". www.sipri.org. Retrieved 16 July 2020.