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SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament.

Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI also has presences in Beijing and Washington, DC.

SIPRI was established on the basis of a decision by the Swedish Parliament and receives a substantial part of its funding in the form of an annual grant from the Swedish Government. The Institute also seeks financial support from other organizations in order to carry out its broad research programme. SIPRI's structure comprises the Governing Board and the Director, Deputy Director, Research Staff Collegium and support staff, together numbering around 50-60 people. SIPRI's staff and Governing Board are international.

International reach Located in Stockholm, Sweden, SIPRI offers a unique platform for researchers from different countries to work in close cooperation. The Institute also hosts guest researchers and interns who work on issues related to the SIPRI research programmes. SIPRI maintains contacts with other research centres and individual researchers throughout the world. The Institute cooperates closely with several intergovernmental organizations, notably the United Nations and the European Union, and regularly receives parliamentary, scientific and government delegations as well as visiting researchers.

Research & communications SIPRI’s research agenda is constantly evolving, consistently remaining timely and in high demand. SIPRI’s research has a high impact, informing the understandings and choices of policymakers, parliamentarians, diplomats, journalists, and experts. Dissemination channels include an active communications programme; seminars and conferences; a website; a monthly newsletter; and a renowned publications programme.

SIPRI also hosts guest researchers who work on issues related to SIPRI's research programme. and the collection of hard data and precise facts. History The task of the Institute is to conduct 'scientific research on questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solution of international conflicts and for a stable peace'. A Swedish Royal Commission chaired by Alva Myrdal proposed in its 1966 report that such an institute be established. organization and financial administration. Matters not to be decided by the Governing Board are decided by the Director.1. and arms control. put forward the idea of establishing a peace research institute to commemorate Sweden's 150 years of unbroken peace. Deputy Director. The Research Staff Collegium advises the Director on research matters. Tage Erlander. Research Staff Collegium and support staff SIPRI offers a unique platform for researchers from different countries to work in close cooperation on projects. SIPRI's staff is international. In 1964 the Swedish Prime Minister. The institute. reductions and disarmament. and diplomatic missions. Director. it does receive young interns who wish to learn more about its research activities. scientific and governmental delegations. rendering accessible impartial information on weapon developments. Although SIPRI is not a teaching institute. Organization SIPRI's organization is comprised of a Governing Board. which became Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). as well as on arms limitations. The Swedish Parliament decided that the Institute be established on 1 July 1966 with the legal status of an independent foundation. was to 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. . SIPRI has built its reputation and standing on competence. activities. their limitation and reduction. Since then. military expenditure. The Commission also recommended that SIPRI's work be of 'an applied research character directed towards practical-political questions [which] should be carried on in a constant interchange with research of a more theoretical kind'. Contacts are maintained with other research centres and individual researchers throughout the world. SIPRI also regularly receives parliamentary. The Governing Board takes decisions on important matters concerning SIPRI's research agenda. professional skills. 1. arms transfers and production. several international and regional organizations. The researchers are recruited for a specific period from different geographical regions and represent various academic disciplines.

for up to five years.  §3 The Foundation shall be headed by a Governing Board consisting of a Chairman.  §4 The seat of the Governing Board shall be in Stockholm. consists of the funds which the Swedish Parliament or other bodies allocate for the purpose described in §2. The Governing Board shall appoint a Vice-Chairman from among its members. who is the Head of the Institute. according to the funds available.  §6 The Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Swedish Government for a term not exceeding five years. after candidates have been nominated by the Governing Board. with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solutions of international conflicts and for a stable peace. Statutes Adopted by the Swedish Government on 19 May and entered into force on 1 June 1994. a Deputy Director and researchers and other staff as required. The terms of employment attached to the appointment of Director of the Institute are to be determined in consultation with the Government or an . for up to five years. the purpose of the Foundation is to conduct scientific research on questions of conflict and co-operation of importance for international peace and security.  §5 At the Foundation there shall be a Director of the Institute.  §2 In accordance with the guidelines for the allocation of funds which the Swedish Parliament has approved in pursuance to Government Bills 1966:76 and 1979/80:106. and six to eight other members. Their appointments may be renewed once. amended in 1995 to take effect as of financial year 1997  §1 The Foundation. The appointment may be renewed once.2. the Research Staff Collegium and the Staff Unions. The Chairman and all other members of the Governing Board except the Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Swedish Government for a term not exceeding five years. the Research Staff Collegium and the Staff Unions. after candidates have been nominated by the Governing Board. The researchers should be recruited from different geographical regions. the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. the Director of the Institute.

When the voting is even. Matters not to be decided by the Governing Board shall be decided by the Director of the Institute.  §7 The Foundation shall have an Advisory Committee as a consultative body. The minutes shall show which Board members were present. as well as dissenting .  §8 The Governing Board shall decide important matters concerning the activities. Half the number of members shall constitute a quorum of the Governing Board.authority nominated by the Government for the purpose. the decisions taken by the Board.  §12 Minutes are to be kept of Governing Board meetings.  §11 Governing Board meetings shall be summoned by the Chairman at his discretion or at the request of at least four members. organization and financial administration.  §10 The Foundation shall have a Research Staff Collegium. The Deputy Director shall be appointed by the Governing Board. Governing Board decisions shall be taken by simple majority.  §9 At the Foundation there shall be Rules of Procedure approved by the Governing Board. the Chairman shall have the casting vote. The Research Staff Collegium shall prepare matters which are to be decided by the Governing Board or the Director of the Institute and which relate to the planning and conduct of the Foundation's research activities and to the dissemination of research findings. The members of this Collegium shall comprise the Director of the Institute and the researchers and research assistants attached to the Foundation. Members of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Governing Board and should come from different geographical regions. The Director of the Institute shall be the Chairman of the Collegium.

 §14 An annual financial statement.  §13 The fiscal year of the Foundation shall run from 1st January to 31st December. shall be examined annually by two auditors.opinions on the part of Board members.  §17 The Foundation is exempted from inspection according to the Act (1929:116) on the inspection of foundations.  §15 The administration of the Foundation by the Governing Board and the Director of the Institute. . including the annual closing of the books and report of activities. as well as the accounts of the Foundation. The minutes shall be approved by the Chairman and one other member of the Governing Board. shall be produced for each fiscal year. The auditors shall be appointed by the Swedish Government for a period of five fiscal years.  §16 An annual financial statement and auditors' report shall be submitted before the 1st of March each year to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.