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To mark the 40th anniversary of SIPRI’s creation in 1966, the Institute is carrying out a range of special activities throughout 2006. They will include a high-level guest lecture and seminar in the second part of the year (details to be announced), but also a number of more specialized seminars and workshops, chosen to illustrate the range both of SIPRI’s interests and its partnership today.

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SIPRI’S 40th ANNIVERSARY BOOK


The SIPRI at 40 anniversary book celebrates the Institute’s history through the recollections and reflections of some of those who have helped SIPRI to fulfil its mandate. It also includes extracts from past SIPRI Yearbooks and photographs from personal and official archives. As well as surveying the past, the book points forward to the issues and challenges that the Institute is likely to face over the next 40 years. The book is available as a HTML version or downloadable for free as PDF version.

 
 

SIPRI'S ANNIVERSARY INTERNS


As a way of showing SIPRI's commitment to the education and support of young security researchers worldwide during the 40th Anniversary year, the Institute has awarded four special bursaries to individuals who come from difficult backgrounds and/or are studying particularly difficult issues related to peace and security.  Each award allows a young graduate to spend up to three months at SIPRI, pursuing an individual course of study and writing and benefiting from the guidance and stimulation provided by SIPRI colleagues. SIPRI is particularly glad to note that two of the awards have been co-sponsored by the Council of Women World Leaders and the OSCE Academy at Bishkek, respectively. The personal assessments are provided by each intern as he/she comes to the end of his/her time at SIPRI. 

 
 

DOCUMENTS


In celebration of SIPRI’s 40th anniversary several recent and historical documents have been made available online. Among these documents are the preface to the SIPRI Yearbook 2006 by Rolf Ekéus and the preface to the first SIPRI Yearbook by Robert Neild.

 




EVENTS OF SIPRI’S ANNIVERSARY YEAR


  • HIGH LEVEL EVENTS IN STOCKHOLM TO CLOSE SIPRI'S ANNIVERSARY YEAR

To conclude the year-long programme of events marking the Institute's fortieth birthday, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute hosted two important events in Stockholm on 12-13 December 2006. On the evening of 12 December at the conference centre in the Swedish Prime Minister's offices ('Rosenbad'), Sweden's former Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson - who was also the President of the UN General Assembly for 2005-6 - delivered a speech on global challenges specially dedicated to the memory of two great Swedish workers for peace and international cooperation whose lives were cut short by violence, Prime Minister Olof Palme and Foreign Minister Anna Lindh.

On 13 December, also at Rosenbad, SIPRI's Governing Board under its Chairman Ambassador Rolf Ekéus and SIPRI's Director Alyson Bailes hosted a one-day high-level seminar where the theme of global challenges was taken up and explored in detail with invited guests from both Sweden and abroad. Participants included representatives from SIPRI's close partner institutes and from major international organizations, travelling from as far away as Beijing and Addis Ababa. The keynote was set for the event by a unique address by Professor Sissela Bok of Harvard University - the daugher of Gunnar and Alva Myrdal who first conceived the idea of creating SIPRI - on 'The Meaning of Peace'. The detailed topics explored through panels of expert speakers included the global institutional framework, armed conflicts and conflict management, armaments and disarmament, and global threats and power relations. Materials from the seminar proceedings will be published later on this site as available.


  • THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MINORITY ISSUES (ECMI)
On 4 December 2006, SIPRI Director Alyson Bailes gave one of the keynote speeches at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the European Centre for Minority Issues, a partner institute where she is head of the academic advisory board. ECMI is based at Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein and was jointly created by the Danish and German authorities to research and disseminate peaceful models for managing states with ethnic minorities or with no single ethnic majority. Most of its work is currently conducted in South-East Europe and among the countries of the former Soviet Union.

  • UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR ‘CURRENT CHALLENGES FACING THE UN FIRST COMMITTEE’
In order to commemorate the 40th anniversary of SIPRI, the Swedish Mission to the UN and SIPRI organised a lunch seminar in the United Nations on Tuesday 3 October on the theme “Current challenges facing the UN First Committee”. Participating were representives from the various national delegations to the UN First Committee as well as representatives from several Non-Governmental Organizations.

Statements were made by SIPRI Director Alyson J.K. Bailes on “Commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI” and SIPRI research coordinator Dr Ian Anthony on “Strengthening the framework for multilateral arms control and disarmament: A new role for the First Committee?”.

  • 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF TAMPERE PEACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (TAPRI): SIPRI Director to speak
The Peace Research Institute at the University of Tampere in Finland (TAPRI) is one of Europe's oldest, having worked continuously since 1971. On 3 May 2006, it will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an international symposium on peace research held at the University's Aula, introduced by the Rector, and chaired by TAPRI Director Dr Tarja Väyrynen. For other details and news from TAPRI please see http://www.uta.fi/tapri.

Alyson JK Bailes will give the first talk at the 3 May event, bringing congratulations to TAPRI from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute which also celebrates an anniversary this year. Her speaking notes, addressing the changing nature and challenges of peace research from the 20th to the 21st centuries, will be posted on this site on 3 May.

Other guest speakers at the symposium will be Director Stein Tønnesson, of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Bjørn Møller of the Danish Institute for International Studies (into which the former Copenhagen Peace Research Institute has been merged), Director Andres Käsekamp of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, and Anna Jarstad from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala in Sweden,

Attendance at the 3 May event is by personal invitation. Anyone who will be in Tampere that day and would like to ask for an invitation is welcome to contact Unto Vesa at unto.vesa@tapri.fi.

  • A SEMINAR IN THE ‘HANA-FORUM’ SERIES ON ‘THREAT PICTURES AND SECURITY POLICY’
The first such event was held from 1300-1700 hrs on 16 February 2006 at the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre ‘Hanaholmen/Hanasaari’ just outside Helsinki (see www.hanaholmen.fi) It was a seminar in the ‘Hana-Forum’ series, sponsored jointly by Hanaholmen, SIPRI, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (UPI). The topic was ‘Threat Pictures and Security Policy’ (Hotbilder och Säkerhetspolitik) and the discussions covered the current range of threats affecting Finland’s and Sweden’s security; local perceptions of these threats; and the nature and appropriateness of each country’s policy response. By deliberate choice, most of the 15 or so speakers were women selected from Finnish and Swedish political, governmental and academic circles. SIPRI Director Alyson J.K. Bailes chaired an academic panel on ‘Perception and Reality’ and offered also the seminar’s closing remarks. Gunvor Kronman, Director of Hanaholmen, opened the seminar and other speakers were included (Finland) Elisabeth Rehn, Suvi-Anne Siimes, Liisa Jaakonsaari, Tarja Cronberg and Hanna Ojanen and (Sweden) Urban Ahlin, Tomas Ries, Ulla Gudmundsson and Siv Näslund.

The seminar touched on many issues also covered in SIPRI’s forthcoming volume from OUP, ‘The Nordic Countries and the European Security and Defence Policy’, ed. A.J.K. Bailes, G. Herolf and B. Sundelius. This book contains more than 25 separate studies by a wide range of Nordic authors and by specialists outside the Nordic region, plus useful reference materials. It is expected to be available in April 2006 and may be ordered via the ‘publications’ section of this website.