Reassessing SIPRI’s military expenditure estimate for the United Kingdom

https://www.sipri.org/commentary/topical-backgrounder/2021/reassessing-sipris-military-expenditure-estimate-united-kingdom In November 2020, in the midst of the ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 and despite a projected 10.4 per cent decrease in the United Kingdom’s gross domestic product in 2020, the British Government announced a £16.5 billion budget boost for ‘defence’. The realities of this announcement however remain unclear. The definition of what constitutes the UK’s total military … Continue reading Reassessing SIPRI’s military expenditure estimate for the United Kingdom

Walden Bello on the US-China strategic confrontation

Presentation at the AEPF Global Military Spending and Global In(security) Webinar, Dec 3, 2020 Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South https://www.facebook.com/walden.bello/posts/10158182198814332 There are great worries today that the conflict between China and the US will not stop at simply being a trade war, that it could at some point spill over into some form … Continue reading Walden Bello on the US-China strategic confrontation

TPNS new initiative launched with two new reports and a call to ‘Transform Defence’ on 5th anniversary of Paris Climate Agreement

Tipping Point North South has pulled together its various military spending strands under one new banner: Transform Defence for Sustainable Human Safety is a project comprising a number of elements including the Five Percent Proposal and the case that military spending is an urgent international development issue; the global military’s impact on climate change and … Continue reading TPNS new initiative launched with two new reports and a call to ‘Transform Defence’ on 5th anniversary of Paris Climate Agreement

‘Global Britain’ PR campaign in the guise of defence budget increase

British Prime Minister Johnson announced his government's intention to increase defence spending by £24.1 billion over the next four years, on top of existing annual defence spending (around £40bn p/a), and hence amounting to £190 billion over the next four years. That's nearly £200bn for the next 4 years. For what?

The ‘battlefield of international aid’?

What did he just say? Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, speaking of the £24bn increase in defence budget announcement today, told Sky News: "Part of Britain’s overseas assistance is defence and security.'' Mr Wallace insisted the Government was not "abandoning the battlefield of international aid", but stated the "decisions on the numbers" will be revealed by the Chancellor next week. "Do … Continue reading The ‘battlefield of international aid’?