• Military Balance Blog

    Arms trade and democracy: Sweden’s new criteria for export controls

    18 July 2017.  A new draft bill in Sweden to introduce a ‘democracy criterion’ for granting arms-export licences would make the export of any materiel to the Gulf states more difficult and limit market access for Sweden’s defence industry.

  • Strategic Comments

    NATO’s continuing adaptation

    05 July 2017. 

    Despite US President Donald Trump's noted hectoring on European NATO defence spending, several European NATO countries have been modestly increasing their spending for some time owing to national threat perceptions. The real challenges are to 'spend better', in ways that genuinely enhance military capabilities and in particular increase reassurance and deterrence vis-a-vis Russia, and to improve internal cohesion.

  • Military Balance Blog

    UK Type-26 Frigate order: one big step forward, but...

    04 July 2017.  The Type-26 frigate has huge potential to bolster the Royal Navy’s surface combatant capability. However, equally important will be the UK government’s ability to produce a more robust and disciplined naval procurement model.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Asian defence-procurement trends: action–reaction cycle of submarine and ASW acquisitions

    06 June 2017.  Despite slower growth in defence budgets this year, Asian armed forces began to reap the benefits of past investments and continued to move forward with major equipment acquisitions. This was notably the case for submarine platforms.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Shifting sands in the South China Sea

    04 June 2017.  The South China Sea dispute shows no sign of ending, despite a tribunal decision on the issue last July. See how China, the US and the Philippines have addressed the problem in recent months. 

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Defence-spending trends in Asia: a slowing pace?

    02 June 2017.  Defence-economics data on 2017 budgets, released on the IISS Military Balance+, suggests a slowdown in Asian defence-spending increases, after years of strong growth.

  • IISS Voices

    North Korea’s illicit trade: every little bit hurts

    24 May 2017.  A global network of front companies allows North Korea to trade arms and military equipment in defiance of international sanctions. Blocking this lucrative practice would be a victory for the nation's opponents. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    New defence-economics data confirms key trends

    22 May 2017.  New defence-economics data just released for the Military Balance+ database suggests that Middle East expenditures continue to decline while NATO states’ rise slowly. A twist on previous trends, however, emerges in Asia: while defence budgets remain on the uptick, the pace of growth is slowing down.

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    NATO Transformation Seminar 2017

    22 March 2017. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar 2017
    Wednesday 22 March–Thursday 23 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    Young Professionals Day 2017

    21 March 2017. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar – Young Professionals Day 2017
    Tuesday 21 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary


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