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Building on the findings of the fourth report in our ‘Stability in the time of COVID-19’ series, @tobiasffreeman, @vdeabajo, @StefanoBetti13 and Valentin Niculescu will in our upcoming webinar discuss COVID-19 and organised crime in the Western Balkans | go.iiss.org/3qYL5aD
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Who were the top 15 spenders on defence in 2020? Find out more about the trajectory of global and regional defence spending in The Military Balance 2021: go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance | #LooksStrategic #MilitaryBalance
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The United States and China account for 64% of the total global increase in 2020 defence budgets, new #MilitaryBalance figures show. The Military Balance 2021 is out now – find out more: go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance
Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent 3.5% contraction in global economic output in 2020, global defence-spending was resilient with real growth matching the higher rate achieved in 2019. Read the analysis by @FMcGerty: go.iiss.org/3srMIxM | #MilitaryBalance
What are the challenges that defence companies need to consider when doing business in countries with different levels of Chinese digital investment? Read our research paper on the implications of the Digital Silk Road for Western defence industries | go.iiss.org/DSR
Kim Jong-un has greeted the arrival of the Biden administration with a series of moves designed to communicate a position of strength, including hosting a parade displaying new missile systems and affirming that the moratorium is over | Read more: go.iiss.org/3qNs0Io
In identifying climate change as a national security issue, Biden has underscored the growing impact it will have on US and allied militaries from teeth to tail, ranging from combat units to their support and logistics arms| Read more: go.iiss.org/3tMe8Qu
🎧 To mark the publication of The Military Balance 2021,@MeiaNouwenss,@FMcGertyy and Henry Boyd discuss recent developments in defence policy, military capability and defence economics in the latest episode of#SoundsStrategicc.#MilitaryBalancee |go.iiss.org/SoundsStrategi…CS
What are the implications of the Asia-Pacific’s growing economic interdependence? In our upcoming webinar, @Aligarciaherrer, @TimHarcourt, Janet Pau, @RobertAlanWard and @CrawfordNJ will discuss trade and power in the Asia-Pacific after RCEP | go.iiss.org/3pHK99c
Updated data on military forces, personnel numbers, equipment inventories and defence economics – it's all in The Military Balance 2021! Order your copy now: go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance | #MilitaryBalance
The extension of New START has paused the erosion of strategic arms control, providing a window of opportunity for the US and Russia to reinvigorate discussions on managing nuclear-weapons capabilities, write @Wright_T_J and Henry Boyd | go.iiss.org/3ds4E7i
While the pandemic affected nearly every country in 2020, conflict and confrontation did not abate, and great-power competition continued to drive some countries’ defence planning considerations and procurement decisions | Read the #MilitaryBalance intro: go.iiss.org/MB2021Intro
IISS #StrategicSurvey analiza cuestiones geopolíticas clave de 2020. Lea la Introducción del Editor aquí go.iiss.org/34fBcMC y Perspectivas Estratégicas aquí go.iiss.org/3kR3nqi en español.
Register now to join our upcoming webinar on COVID-19 and organised crime in the Western Balkans! Our panel: @tobiasffreeman, @vdeabajo, @StefanoBetti13, Valentin Niculescu and Dr Benjamin Petrini | go.iiss.org/3qYL5aD
Global defence spending was resilient in 2020, with real growth matching the higher 2019 rate despite the 3.5% real contraction in global economic output. Here we compare recent trends in economic growth with real defence spending growth | go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance
Of the US$1.83trillion spent on defence globally in 2020, the top 15 defence budgets account for 81%. Find out more about the trajectory of global and regional defence spending in The Military Balance 2021: go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance | #LooksStrategic #MilitaryBalance
What are the emerging lessons of the coronavirus pandemic for armed forces? James Hackett offered a quick take during the launch of the 2021 edition of #MilitaryBalance | go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance
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Global defence spending is on the up, despite the economic crunch caused by the pandemic, new #MilitaryBalance figures show. But this increase could slow in 2021 as the defence budget of the US flattens and growth in Asia-Pacific slows, writes @FMcGerty | go.iiss.org/3srMIxM
Did you miss the launch of The Military Balance 2021? A full recording of the launch webinar is available on our website: go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch | #MilitaryBalance
Fresh reports of missile cooperation between North Korea and Iran underline the fact that Tehran will never give up its missile development programme, explains @MarkTFitz. Is now the time to focus on transparency and limiting missile ranges instead? | go.iiss.org/3ddelGv
'In 2020, the PLA continued to conduct frequent maritime and naval exercises around Taiwan... The PLA showed increasing complexity in the types of drills it undertook...' – @MeiaNouwens during the launch of The Military Balance 2021. #MilitaryBalance | go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance
While the pandemic affected nearly every country in 2020, conflict and confrontation did not abate, and great-power competition continued to drive some countries’ defence planning considerations and procurement decisions | Read the #MilitaryBalance intro: go.iiss.org/MB2021Intro
🎧 In the new episode of#SoundsStrategicc, podcast host@MeiaNouwenss is joined by@FMcGertyy and Henry Boyd to discuss the global defence developments identified in the latest edition of#MilitaryBalancee | Listen to their conversation:go.iiss.org/SoundsStrategi…Ei
What are the emerging lessons of the coronavirus pandemic for armed forces? James Hackett offered a quick take during the launch of the 2021 edition of #MilitaryBalance | go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance
Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent 3.5% contraction in global economic output in 2020, global defence-spending was resilient with real growth matching the higher rate achieved in 2019. Read the analysis by @FMcGerty: go.iiss.org/3srMIxM | #MilitaryBalance
Who were the top 15 spenders on defence in 2020? Find out more about the trajectory of global and regional defence spending in The Military Balance 2021. #LooksStrategic #MilitaryBalance | go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance
The 2021 edition of The Military Balance is OUT NOW! Read the free introduction: go.iiss.org/MilitaryBalance | #MilitaryBalance
‘A key military capability is logistics expertise and experience, as well as planning and leadership support. These are vital for enhanced readiness,’ says @js_hackett | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
‘Over the last 10 years, there has been a loss of capability and decline in spending, meaning that investment and R&D in new tech suffered. It is only now that we have reached the point of spending recovery’, explains Fenella McGerty | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
‘China aims to have a military that is able to fight and win wars and project power globally. The maritime domain is a priority for China in this respect’ - @MeiaNouwens | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
‘Grey zone’ challenges are best addressed collectively: pandemic has highlighted need to improve information-sharing, boost societal resilience, tackle disinformation and even to broaden conceptions of defence and security | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
Challenges below the threshold of military force, such as information and influence operations, along with more capable weapons and more assertive potential adversaries, mean that there is reduced warning time of a crisis | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
Developments in hypersonic glide vehicles and high-speed cruise missiles – and greater numbers of subsonic cruise missiles and UAVs – are prompting Western armed forces to renew interest in air and missile defence | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
China is developing the capabilities to support military operations at range: it has 12 fleet support ships, up from 7 in 2015. It has also effectively doubled its heavy air transport fleet in the last 4 years | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
China continues to test its armed forces and the responses of regional states, as seen in the border clash with India, and more flights by Chinese aircraft close to and into the ADIZs of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
China’s naval shipbuilding continues apace: the number of large amphibious vessels has doubled to 6 since 2015 and this number will increase when China’s new Type-075 amphibious assault ships are commissioned | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
China has doubled the number of its corvettes in the last 5 years, to 55 in 2020; it has also retired a similar number of older, smaller vessels. The PLA Navy is also looking to improve its anti-submarine warfare capability | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
Of Europe’s NATO members, only 9 met the 2% defence spending target in 2020. However, the spending trajectory is upwards. From an average of just 1.25% of GDP in 2014, spending grew to 1.52% in 2019 and to 1.64% of GDP in 2020 | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
The commitment by nations such as France, Germany and the UK to increase their defence budgets in 2021 and beyond means that in 2021 Europe could be the region with the fastest growth in global defence spending | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
Rises in the US and Chinese defence budgets accounted for almost two-thirds of the gross real-terms increase in global defence spending in 2020 | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
The nominal increase in China’s 2020 defence budget, amounting to US$12 billion, was greater than the defence budget increases of all other Asian states combined | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
Asia accounted for 17.8% of total global defence spending in 2010; by 2020 this had risen to 25.0%. The increase in Asian spending has been driven by China | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
The pandemic will affect global defence spending, though it will likely take until 2022–23 for the full financial effect of government responses to start translating into defence budget cuts | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
Global defence spending increased in 2020 to reach US$1.83 trillion, growing by 3.9% in real terms from 2019 figures, notwithstanding the pandemic and subsequent 3.5% contraction in global economic output | #MilitaryBalance go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
Today we’re proud to launch the #MilitaryBalance 2021, our annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide. Follow along as we share the key findings and insights of our expert panel go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
WATCH LIVE: The launch of #MilitaryBalance 2021 – our experts share their assessments of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide youtube.com/watch?v=BqJ4Wm…
We’re delighted to publish the latest edition of the #MilitaryBalance today! Follow along as we share live coverage of the launch, and tune in to watch the live-stream from 10am GMT | go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
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We’re delighted to publish the latest edition of the #MilitaryBalance today! Follow along as we share live coverage of the launch, and tune in to watch the live-stream from 10am GMT | go.iiss.org/MB2021–Launch
We're seeking to appoint a Programme Administrator to support our Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme from Washington DC – apply by 7 March! | go.iiss.org/3uvKak4
IISS Director of Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Michael Elleman has died at the age of 62. Here, his long-time colleague and friend, @MarkTFitz, pays tribute to his life and work: go.iiss.org/2NsDCCp
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