After a brief hiatus at the end of the cold war, global arms spending has continued to rise and the notion of international disarmament seems as far away as ever. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), world military expenditure in 2005 was estimated at $1,118 billion, about 2.5 per cent of world GDP or $173 per capita. This represents an increase of 34 per cent over the period 1996-2005.
The US accounts for almost half of world arms spending, and about four fifths of the past decade’s increase. The UN’s total budget is about $20 billion per year, or $3 per capita worldwide.
The Conservative Party is in a process of ideological decline or even disintegration, argue James Butler and Richard Seymour.
Winning elections is not enough. To transform society we need to involve the people in policy making, argue Kerem Dikerdem and Annie Quick
Chloe Tomlinson lays out the battle lines for a more egalitarian, democratic and holistic education system. Essential reading ahead of The World Transformed education sessions
As a US-friendly no-deal Brexit inches closer, Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United explains why US nurses have joined the fight against NHS privatisation. Recommended reading ahead of The World Transformed health sessions
Alex McDonald reviews new British film Bait, a socially engaged drama that uses lyricism to devastating effect.
Under the UK’s constitutional monarchy, we are subjects not citizens. Rewriting the constitution should be an urgent priority for a Labour government, argues Hilary Wainwright