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    A New Report Says the World Faces a ‘Dangerous Decade’ as Instability and Military Spending Rise

    A New Report Says the World Faces a ‘Dangerous Decade’ as Instability and Military Spending Rise

    LONDON — The world has entered an era of increasing instability as countries around the globe boost military spending in response to 's invasion of , the Hamas attack on Israel and China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

    That's the conclusion of a report Tuesday from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, which also highlighted rising tensions in the Arctic, North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the rise of military regimes in the Sahel region of as contributing to a “deteriorating security environment.” The London-based think tank has compiled its annual estimate of the global military situation for the past 65 years.

    “The current military-security situation heralds what is likely to be a more dangerous decade, characterized by the brazen application by some of military power to pursue claims — evoking a ‘might is right' approach — as well as the desire among like-minded democracies for stronger bilateral and multilateral defense ties in response,'' the report said.

    Global defense spending rose 9% to $2.2 trillion last year as Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, now entering its third year, heightened concerns that China and other militarily powerful states may try to impose their will on neighbors, the IISS said.

    The increase was even steeper in NATO, which has supported Ukraine as a bulwark against further Russian incursions into Europe….

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