The SIPRI Yearbook 1991 continues SIPRI's review of the latest developments in nuclear weapons, nuclear explosions, world military expenditure, the international arms trade and arms production, chemical and biological weapons, the military use of outer space, the proliferation of ballistic missile technology, armed conflicts in 1990, US-Soviet nuclear arms control, and conventional arms control in Europe. In addition, it presents the situation
in the changing Europe of 1990 and considers the new security structures for Europe which will be defined in the early years of the decade. The 1991 Yearbook also analyses the results of the fourth
NPT Review Conference and the strengthened role of the United Nations in conflict situations as exhibited in the current conflict in the Gulf region.
`The 1991 SIPRI Yearbook is, like its predecessors, a mine of valuable information ... there are excellent chapters on the traditional cold war topics such as national nuclear weapon inventories and test programmes, the military use of outer space, chemical and biological weapons, conventional arms control in Europe, and the INF and START agreements.
`SIPRI's strengths have always been not in its analysis but in the thoroughness of its work and in the wealth of reliable information it supplies. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the SIPRI Yearbook.
`it remains as valuable a research tool as ever ... Good food for thought.
The RUSI Journal
`The 1991 yearbook is just as thorough and dependable as its predecessors, only more voluminous ... than most of these ... in addition to the analytical articles, the volume contains a number of the most important documents, treaties, and statistical material, in itself sufficient to make the SIPRI Yearbook an indispensable tool for everybody working professionally with arms control and military matters.
Non-Offensive Defence and Conversion
`This latest edition of its excellent annual survey of arms and disarmament was prepared during a period of exceptional change in the international security scene; yet its standard pattern has proved itself still relevant. This title continues to be an invaluable compilation of fact and analysis of the military state of the world from an institute committed to research on the achievement of peace.
Susan Boyde, Library, Royal Institute of International Affairs, International Affairs, Volume 68, number 1, January 1992
`For any serious student of modern military matters, in the widest sense, the Yearbook must surely be a cornerstone reference book ... a valuable source document.
British Army Review
`an excellent historical record of the 1990 events at a time when many publishers have become reluctant to produce soon out-dated publications
Olivia Bosch, University of Southampton, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol. 3, No. 2, Autumn '92