Defence budgets hold up under pandemic pressure

Issue 1121 - 04 Mar 2021

Governments in the Gulf and across the wider region have maintained their defence spending despite the pressures brought on by low oil revenues and the year-long Covid-19 crisis. This may not be sustainable in the medium-term, but the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) expects defence spending this year to hold up relatively well, in part because defence spending has historically been a priority area.

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