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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

6 May 1966 (1966-05-06)

provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an international institute based in Sweden, dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. SIPRI is based in Stockholm.


In the University of Pennsylvania's 2013 Global Go To Think Tanks Report, SIPRI is ranked the fifth most influential think tank in the world, after the Brookings Institution, Chatham House, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


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 be 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.


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. The staff of about 50 persons is international. The researchers are recruited for a specific project period and represent various academic disciplines. Located in Sweden, the Institute offers a unique platform for researchers from different countries to work in close cooperation. The Institute also hosts guest researchers who work on issues related to the SIPRI research programme. Although SIPRI is not a teaching institute, it receives interns whose programmes of study can contribute to and benefit from SIPRI's research. Contacts are maintained with other research centres and individual researchers throughout the world. SIPRI cooperates closely with several intergovernmental organisations, notably the United Nations and the European Union, and regularly receives parliamentary, scientific and government delegations as well as visiting researchers. Frequent contacts are maintained with diplomatic missions in Stockholm and with Swedish research centres.

Governing Board

Current members of the Governing Board:

  • Ambassador Sven-Olof Petersson (Sweden), retired Swedish diplomat and, as of 1 September 2014, Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board
  • Jayantha Dhanapala (Sri Lanka), President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs
  • Dewi Fortuna Anwar (Indonesia), Director for Program and Research, The Habibie Center
  • Vladimir Baranovsky (Russia), Deputy Director, IMEMO (Institute of World Economy and International Relations)
  • Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi (France), Former United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General
  • Dan Smith (United Kingdom), Director, SIPRI
  • Wolfgang Ischinger (Germany), Chairman, Munich Security Conference and Global Head of Government Relations, Allianz SE
  • Mary Kaldor (United Kingdom), Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics
  • Espen Barth Eide (Norway), Special Advisor on Cyprus, United Nations
  • Former Governing Board Chairpersons:

  • Alva Myrdal (1966–67)
  • Gunnar Myrdal (1967–73)
  • Rolf Edberg (1974–78)
  • Hans Blix (1978)
  • Karin Söder (1978–79)
  • Rolf Björnerstedt (1979–85)
  • Ernst Michanek (1985–87)
  • Inga Thorsson (1987–91)
  • Daniel Tarschys (1992–2000)
  • Rolf Ekeus (2000–2010)
  • Göran Lennmarker (2010–2014)
  • Director

    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. In September 2012, the Swedish Government appointed the German economist Tilman Brück as his successor. Brück held the position of SIPRI Director from January 2013 to June 2014. In June 2014 the SIPRI Governing Board appointed Dr Ian Anthony as Director for an interim period. The current Director, Dan Smith, was appointed in September 2015.

    Former SIPRI Directors:

  • Robert Neild (United Kingdom, 1967–1971)
  • Frank Barnaby (United Kingdom, 1971–1981)
  • Frank Blackaby (United Kingdom, 1981–1986)
  • Walther Stützle (Germany, 1986–1991)
  • Adam Daniel Rotfeld (Poland, 1991–2002)
  • Alyson Bailes (United Kingdom, 2002–2007)
  • Bates Gill (United States, 2007–2012)
  • Tilman Brück (Germany, 2013–2014)
  • Ian Anthony (United Kingdom, interim 2014-2015)
  • Deputy Director

    The Deputy Director is appointed by the Governing Board from Swedish candidates. SIPRI's current Deputy Director is Jakob Hallgren.

    Former SIPRI Deputy Directors:

  • Örjan Berner (1966–67)
  • Dr Rolf Björnerstedt (1967–68)
  • Jan Mårtensson (1968–69)
  • Sven Hirdman (1969–72)
  • Bo Heinebäck (1972–75)
  • Carl-Magnus Hyltenius (1975–78)
  • Arne Kjellstrand (1978–80)
  • Sven-Göran Henricsson (1982–84)
  • Gustaf Stjernberg (1984–87)
  • Madeleine Ströje-Wilkens (1988–90)
  • Ove Svensson (1992–93)
  • Jan Svedman (1995–98)
  • Birgitta Alani (1998–2002)
  • Dr Christer Ahlström (2002–2005)
  • Daniel Nord (2005–2012)
  • Research

    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
  • Conflict and Peace
  • Peace and Development
  • With the following research areas:

  • Arms and Military Expenditure
  • Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation
  • Dual-use and Arms Trade Control
  • Technology and Security
  • European Security
  • China and Global Security
  • Russia and Euro-Eurasian security
  • Mali
  • Peace Operations and Conflict Management
  • Private Sector and Peace
  • Climate and Security
  • Prosperity and Peace
  • Gender, Marginalization and Insecurity
  • Within these fields of study, workshops, conferences, seminars and lectures are organised in order to bring together a broad spectrum of expertise and to exchange views on subjects studied at the Institute. Among these the biggest are the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Security and the Stockholm Security Conference. 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.

    Publications and Information

    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'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:

  • SIPRI Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security
  • 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
  • Finances

    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.


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