Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

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LogoName RGB SIPRI.jpg
AbbreviationSIPRI
Formation6 May 1966
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
Interestspeace, arms trade
Sponsored byNorway/Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Membership• Jan Eliasson
• Vladimir Baranovsky
• Jean-Marie Guéhenno
• Dan Smith
• Patricia Lewis
• Espen Barth Eide
• Radha Kumar
• Jessica Tuchman Mathews
• Ramtane Lamamra

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) provides data about the global arms trade.

SIPRI's stated 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.

Origins

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".

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.

SIPRI is useful for its statistics, like its yearly World Military Expenditure (here for 2019)
Middle East military expenditures.

People

The staff of about 70 employees is mainly international, with 25 different nationalities reported in 2019[1]. 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 members listed above are the board per 2020[2]. They are not war hawks, but the board composition has a tendency towards apparatchiks (like Espen Barth Eide).

Former Governing Board Chairpersons:

Madeleine Albright

In 2021, former US Secretary of State and war criminal Madeleine "the price was worth it" Albright was invited by Jan Eliasson, Chairman of SIPRI, as keynote speaker at a seminar on "Democracy in a post-Covid world". SIPRI stated in its presentation that she is known for her commitment to "peace, human rights and democracy" - a remarkable inversion of reality.[3]


 

EventDescription
Norway/Ministry of Foreign AffairsA significant donor to NGOs and planning organizations. Many of the recipients dovetail with NATO objectives like regime changes and controlling the narrative.


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