Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Founding Year: 1966



Dan Smith (Director)

An “independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. They provide data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. SIPRI’s vision is a world in which sources of insecurity are identified and understood, conflicts are prevented or resolved, and peace is sustained.” They are 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.


  • News and events
  • Blog and commentary
  • Media releases
  • An extensive library of 440+ research reports, monographs, academic articles, policy papers, etc.
  • HIGHLIGHT: 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

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