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SIPRI Timeline 1969 - 2019

October 15, 2019

 Cover for SIPRI 1969


The first edition of the SIPRI Yearbook is released, aiming to produce ‘a factual and balanced account of a controversial subject-the arms race and attempts to stop it’.
Cover for SIPRI 1979
The 10th edition is published amongst the political background of the militarization of space
Key Highlights: The continued unabated militarization of space. On average, around 1 every 3 days a military satellite was launched and the Cosmos 954 accident brought the future of nuclear power systems aboard satellites to international debate at the UN.
Cover for SIPRI 1983
Oxford University Press (OUP) begins publishing the SIPRI Yearbook
Cover for SIPRI 1989
The 20th edition is published in 1989, three years after a relationship is formed between SIPRI and OUP.
Key Highlights: Despite the destruction of modern nuclear weapons by the US and USSR, and the announcement of a restructuring of Soviet military forces by Mikail Gorbachev at the UN, the Yearbook noted 'the momentum of nuclear weapon developments continues'.
Cover for SIPRI 1999
The first Chinese translation of the SIPRI Yearbook is published, in its 30th year.
Key Highlights: A detailed account of The Good Friday Agreement, and the nuclear tests carried out by India and Pakistan and their implications for the Kashmir conflict and the non-proliferation regime were covered
Cover for SIPRI 2009
Marked the release of the 40th edition of the SIPRI Yearbook by featuring a cover redesign
Key Highlights: Mass displacement caused by conflicts, security and politics in Afghanistan, and a focus on arms producing companies in SIPRI’s Top-100.
 Cover for SIPRI 2019
50 years after the first ever publication, the SIPRI Yearbook 2019 is launched. The Yearbook has remained the independent resource on global security since 1969.
Key Highlights: To celebrate, all editions from 1969 to 2017 are made available to download for free from the SIPRI website.