Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Founding Year: 1966



Dan Smith (Director)

It is dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament, envisioning a world in which sources of insecurity are identified and understood, conflicts are prevented or resolved, and peace is sustained. To this end, it provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. It’s best-known for the authoritative annual SIPRI Yearbook published since 1969.


  • Research and activities on security, conflict and peace;
  • Policy analysis and recommendations;
  • Dialogue and build capacities;
  • Promote transparency and accountability; and
  • Deliver authoritative information to global audiences.

Research Programs:

  • Armament and disarmamentLooks at the most important symptoms of insecurity and efforts to control them.
  • Conflict and peace – Looks at the most important consequences of insecurity and efforts to minimize them.
  • Peace and development – Looks at the long-term causes of insecurity to understand how societies identify and navigate paths to sustainable peace.


  • SIPRI Arms Transfers Database – The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database shows all international transfers of major conventional arms since 1950 and is the most comprehensive publicly available source of information on international arms transfers.
  • SIPRI Mapping ATT-Relevant Cooperation and Assistance Activities Database – The SIPRI Mapping ATT-relevant Cooperation and Assistance Activities Database provides information on cooperation and assistance activities in the field of arms transfer and small arms and light weapons (SALW) controls. The database supports states’ implementation of the 2001 UN Programme of Action on SALW and the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty and includes activities carried out since 2012.
  • SIPRI Arms Industry Database – The SIPRI Arms Industry Database contains information on the 100 largest arms-producing and military services companies.
  • SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations Database – The SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations Database offers information on all peace operations conducted since 2000, including location, dates of deployment and operation, mandate, participating countries, number of personnel, costs and fatalities.
  • SIPRI Military Expenditure Database – The SIPRI Military Expenditure Database gives the annual military spending of countries since 1949, allowing comparison of countries’ military spending in local currency at current prices; in US dollars at constant prices and exchange rates; and as a share of GDP.



  • SIPRI Yearbook 2018 (584p) – A compendium of data and analysis on world military expenditures, arms production, arms transfers, nuclear forces, armed conflict, arms control and disarmament, etc. Pocket-size summaries are in English and several other languages. Bottom line: world military spending is falling in the West, but rising everywhere else.

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

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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