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A three-chart summary of global military spending in 2013

The world cut its military spending in 2013, marking the second consecutive year that global military expenditure has fallen, according to the latest report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The independent institute, one of the most influential think tanks in the world, compiled its latest report from its Military Expenditure Database to paint a picture of how much different regions spent on their military last year.

However, that statistic above paints an incomplete picture. For example, the report noted that if we took the biggest military spender in the world (the United States) out of the data, spending in fact jumped 1.8 percent in 2013. Military spending outside of the Western world was almost universally increasing, SIPRI found.

Here are three charts from the report to consider.

The world cut its military spending in 2013, marking the second consecutive year that spending has fallen


Just two states (the United States and China) make up almost half of global military expenditure


Spending in North America, Western Europe, and Oceania fell in 2013, but it grew in every other part of the world

Adam Taylor writes about foreign affairs for The Washington Post. Originally from London, he studied at the University of Manchester and Columbia University.



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