What are the consequences of a more militarized world?

To watch the recording of the event, see the bottom of this article.

Welcome to The Norwegian Peace Councils “Ask an expert”-series. This evening we have invited an expert panel to discuss the newly released SIPRI-report on “Trends in World Military Expenditure”.

Tonight we ask “ The world is becoming more militarized. What are the consequences?”.

Date: Wednesday, 24th April 2024
Time: 18.00-19.00 (6-7 pm)
Venue: Litteraturhuset, room “Nedjma”

Here you can find the event on Facebook.


SIPRI, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, will on the 22th of April be releasing this year’s report detailing world military expenditure for 2023. The SIPRI Military Expenditure Database contains consistent time series on the military spending of countries from 1949 until today. It gives us a timeline of an increasingly militarized world.

As we are preparing for what many believe will be another year of record-setting military expenditure, we are faced with brutal wars on every screen. Simultaneously, we know there is an increasing need for international cooperation, as the world is facing a multitude of existential crises.

We have invited several experts to comment and discuss the new SIPRI-report.


  • Dr. Nan Tian, Senior Researcher and Acting Programme Director for the Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme at SIPRI. He is responsible for monitoring and managing the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database.
  • Marte Hansen Haugan, President of Changemaker Norway, the youth organization of the Norwegian Church Aid. Changemaker has for many years been a key civil society organization monitoring the Norwegian military- and defense industry.
  • Dr. Kristoffer Lidén, Senior Researcher and Research Director at PRIO. His research explores the ethics of international affairs, with a focus on the fields of peacemaking, humanitarian action, security politics and digital technology. He currently leads projects on ethics in peace negotiations and humanitarian negotiations, and coordinates the PRIO research group on Law and Ethics.

We will start the talk with an introduction of the newly published report from Dr. Tian, following a panel discussion where the panel will comment and discuss the report. We will end by opening the floor for questions from the audience.The moderator will be The Norwegian Peace Councils Managing Director, Oda Andersen Nyborg.

Here you can watch the recording of the event (the video starts at 02:50):