November 16, 2012
World's Most Militarized Nation? Israel
Jim Lobe, Asia Times
Israel tops the list of the world's most militarized nations, according to the latest Global Militarisation Index released by the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC).
Israel's main regional rival, Iran is far behind at number 34. Indeed, every other Near Eastern country, with the exceptions of Yemen (37) and Qatar (43), is more heavily militarized than the Islamic Republic, according to the Index, whose research is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Singapore ranks second, followed by Syria, Russia, Jordan, and Cyprus, according to the Index, which is based on a number of weighted variables, such as the comparison of a country's military