Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

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 and is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide.

SIPRI’s mission is to:

  • Undertake research and activities on security, conflict and peace
  • Provide policy analysis and recommendations
  • Facilitate dialogue and build capacities
  • Promote transparency and accountability
  • Deliver authoritative information to global audiences

European security is a core component of SIPRI’s work with a strong focus on regional security, conflict prevention management and termination, and issues of arms control.

Signalistgatan 9
SE-169 70 Solna, Sweden
Fax: +46 8-655 97 33
Tel: +46 8-655 97 00


Dr Neil Melvin
Director, Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme


Dr Neil Melvin has extensive experience both as a researcher and as a policy practitioner. Prior to joining SIPRI he held Senior Adviser positions in the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He has also worked at a variety of leading policy institutes in Europe. Dr Melvin has published widely on issues of conflict, with a particular focus on ethno-religious issues. In recent years he has broadened his research interests to consider the impact of resources on conflict, notably the issue of energy and conflict. Dr Melvin joined SIPRI as Director of the Programme on Armed Conflict and Conflict Management in May 2010.

  • Senior Adviser to the Secretary General, Energy Charter Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium, 2008-2010
  • Reader in International Conflict Analysis, Brussels School of International Studies at the University of Kent, Brussels, Belgium, 2007-2008
  • Associate Senior Research Fellow, The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium, 2006-2008
  • Project Leader and Senior Researcher, SIPRI, Stockholm, Sweden, 2005-2006
  • Senior Adviser, High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE), The Hague, Netherlands, 2001-2005