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SIPRI's 40th anniversary

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Maria Demeke (USA)

The Center for World Women Leaders and SIPRI provided me an unmatched experience to work with Director Alyson J.K. Bailes and the SIPRI staff in Stockholm as an intern over the summer of 2006. Under the mentorship of the Director, I learned about research methodologies, gained access to diplomatic processes, analyzed decision-making criteria and witnessed effective management. Most importantly, Ms. Bailes demonstrated how to exercise leadership and impart a vision.

It is a privilege to work with professionals who are so deeply committed to the mission and principles of such a vital organization. I was inspired by the SIPRI staff’s dedication both to the promotion of peace and security throughout the world and to providing independent, data-driven analysis to the public.

As SIPRI celebrates its 40th year, I am honored to be a part of the vision that adapts and grows with the changing global climate, while holding steadfast to its core principles of objectiveness, responsibility and integrity. The research I conducted during my two-month internship is one example of the forward-looking approach that SIPRI has maintained since 1966. I focused on women’s competitive advantages in the new business of security and conducted a case study on enhancing women’s status in conflict and post-conflict regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from the SIPRI staff and to be able to contribute to such a respectable institution. Thank you and Happy 40th Anniversary!

-Maria Demeke
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
SIPRI Intern, 2006