USA and France dramatically increase major arms exports; Saudi Arabia is largest arms importer (SIPRI)

International transfers of major arms during the five-year period 2015–19 increased by 5.5 per cent compared with 2010–14. According to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the largest exporters of arms during the past five years were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China. The new data shows that the flow of arms to the Middle East has increased, with Saudi Arabia clearly being the world’s largest importer.


NATO in a climate of change (SIPRI)

During last year’s Munich Security Conference, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke about facing an increasingly more uncertain and unpredictable security environment. Speaking from the perspective of NATO, he argued that although allies disagree on certain issues, such as climate change, it is crucial to stand together. Regardless of whether Stoltenberg considers climate change to be part of this changing environment or not, NATO is paying the issue increasing attention. To coincide with this year’s Munich Security Conference, this blog explores NATO’s current position in the growing debate on climate change and related risks.

Rickard Söder is a Research Assistant with the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programm

New SIPRI data reveals scale of Chinese arms industry (SIPRI)

New research from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) suggests that China is the second-largest arms producer in the world, behind the United States but ahead of Russia. This research represents the most comprehensive picture of Chinese companies’ weapons production to date.

New study on the socio-economic impact of anti-vehicle mines in Angola (SIPRI)

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), SIPRI and King’s College London (KCL) have released a new study on the socio-economic impact of anti-vehicle mines (AVM) in Angola. The study outlines the socio-economic impact of AVM contamination and benefits of AVM clearance on sustainable development.


GICHD and SIPRI release global report of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2018 (SIPRI)

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and SIPRI have released a new global report of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2018.

Judges as Peacebuilders: The challenges of ensuring access to justice in conflict-affected settings (Rhodri Williams, SIPRI)


The focus of this year’s Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development on the ‘Politics of Peace’ reflects both opportunities and challenges for rule of law actors seeking to contribute to broader efforts to end conflict and support sustainable development.