The price of freedom: a 3% GDP target for securing UK international interests


“The Price of Freedom? A 3% GDP Target for Securing UK International Interests” discusses whether our current spending (around 2.75% of our GDP in 2016/2017) is sufficient to protect and promote our interests and values internationally at a time of unprecedented change in our international circumstances. A growing body of evidence suggests the UK is not investing enough to maintain its relative security, prosperity or influence in the face of growing international volatility. This paper raises some of the issues and explores how additional resourcing might be innovatively deployed to modernise and extend on the considerable capacity the UK benefits from in pursuit of our international interests.

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