SIPRI Yearbook 2007 released

TitelSIPRI Yearbook 2007 released
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelArmaments, Disarmament and International Security
Anzahl Seiten752 pp.
VerlagOxford University Press on behalf of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
ISBN-NummerISBN-13: 978-0-19-923021-1; ISBN-10: 0-19-923021-8

The Yearbook is SIPRI\'s annual compendium of data and analysis of developments in security and conflicts, military spending and armaments and non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament. The 38th edition of the SIPRI Yearbook analyses developments in 2006 in - Security and conflicts - Military spending and armaments - Non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament The SIPRI Yearbook contains extensive annexes on the implementation of arms control and disarmament agreements and a chronology of events during the year in the area of security and arms control. The annual accounts and analyses are extensively footnoted, providing a comprehensive bibliography in each subject area. (Excerpt from the press release:) Military spending, arms trade growing SIPRI reports that world military expenditure in 2006 was $1204 billion in current dollars, a 3.5 per cent increase since 2005. In the period 1997-2006 world military expenditure rose by 37 per cent. The continued surge in China\'s military spending - which reached an estimated $49.5 billion (in 2005 dollars) - saw it overtake Japan ($43.7 billion) to become the biggest military spender in Asia and the fourth biggest in the world in 2006. India was the third biggest spender in Asia, with $23.9 billion (in 2005 dollars). The USA spent $528.7 billion and Russia an estimated $34.7 billion (in 2005 dollars) on their military sectors in 2006. A world of risk In its overview of developments in the world of peace and security, armaments and disarmament during the past year, SIPRI Yearbook 2007 highlights the need for a new broad and comprehensive approach to providing human security in view of the diversity of risks to security in the world today. SIPRI staff comment on some of the issues covered: On international terrorism and armed conflicts: \'In the early 21st century, when most forms of armed political violence appear to be either declining or stabilizing, terrorism, in contrast, is clearly on the rise,\' says SIPRI Project Leader Ekaterina Stepanova. On democratic accountability of intelligence services: \'Good intelligence has always been vital to security and to be good today, it needs more than ever to be impartial and professional. Controls are needed not just in case the agencies have their own agenda, but to deal with the apparently more common problem of their targets and findings being skewed for political purposes\', says SIPRI Director Alyson Bailes. World nuclear forces According to SIPRI\'s annual inventory of world nuclear forces, the USA, Russia, France, the UK and China together held more than 26 000 nuclear warheads at the beginning of 2007. Although the total number of warheads is gradually being cut, all five countries are undertaking or planning major programmes to update their nuclear weapon arsenals.

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