On June 25, 1950, North and South Korea went to war with each other. This ended in stalemate three years and one month later with an armistice that continues to present. Since then, the two countries have pursued very different paths. We wonder: How big is South Korea’s economy compared to that of its northern rival?
A. Half as large
B. Two times larger
C. Four times larger
D. Over 40 times larger
The United States is the top seller of arms and weaponry to other nations. But the gap between the United States and the second-ranking nation is not as great as you might think. We wonder: Over the past five years, which nation was the world’s second-largest arms exporter?
The United States spends more on defense than any other nation. With new challenges looming, there is a growing debate over whether it should be higher still. We wonder: How does U.S. defense spending at its highest level under President Obama compare to the peak under Ronald Reagan, when the United States was engaged in an arms race with the Soviet Union?
A. 20% lower
B. About the same
C. 10% higher
D. 30% higher
Most people might guess that China and India — the world’s two most-populous countries — also have two of the world’s largest militaries. Similarly, Cold War adversaries the United States and Russia also rank among the largest armed forces. We wonder: Which two countries round out the top six?
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), one of the world’s preeminent think tanks for research and analysis relating to armed conflicts and military spending, recently published its annual report on global military expenditures. We wonder: Which of the following is true?
When the United Nations was founded in 1945, a central part of its mission was to send peacekeeping troops into troubled regions in order to discourage armed conflict. Starting with its first mission in 1948, UN Peacekeeping Forces have been deployed in 67 operations. We wonder: Which decade saw the most peacekeeping missions begin?
China’s recent trial run of its first aircraft carrier was a definitive sign of the country’s ambition to be a preeminent military power. That has become a matter of concern in the United States. We wonder: To China’s one, how many aircraft carriers does the U.S. military currently have in service?
The U.S. government is currently estimated to spend about $115 billion per year on military operations and related costs in Afghanistan. We wonder: In comparison, how much does the United States spend annually on its entire support for the United Nations?
In February 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Congress for $671 billion to fund the U.S. military and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 2012 fiscal year. We wonder: Just how high is the proposed level of U.S. defense spending? Is it…
At the recent NATO summit in Lisbon, the United States pushed its allies once again to cover more of the cost of maintaining global security. We wonder: How many of NATO's 28 member countries are currently spending 2% or more of their GDP on defense?