Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
) is an independent international institute
dedicated to research into conflict
, arms control
. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open source
, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.
The Foreign Policy ranked SIPRI as the #3 non-U.S. think tank in the world in 2009.
In 1964, Prime Minister Tage Erlander
of Sweden 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 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... Read More