Category: nato

Russia Has Been Suspended From the UN Human Rights Council


This post is by Nick Routley from Visual Capitalist


Visualization showing Russia's suspension from UN Human Rights Council. 93 countries voted for the resolution, 24 against

The Briefing

  • 93 countries voted in favor of suspending Russia from the UN’s Human Rights Council, including all NATO member countries
  • 24 countries voted against the resolution, including; China, Iran, and North Korea

Russia Has Been Suspended From the UN Human Rights Council

On April 7, 2022, the United Nations suspended Russia from its seat on the Human Rights Council.

This suspension comes amid growing condemnation of Russia over alleged civilian murders committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. Widely distributed videos appear to show the bodies of civilians scattered along the streets in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

To be approved, the resolution required a two-thirds majority of assembly members that vote “yes” or “no”. Here is a complete list of how countries voted:

CountryVoteNATOFormer Soviet Union
?? AndorraIn favor
?? United Arab EmiratesAbstained
?? Afghanistan--
?? Antigua and BarbudaIn favor
?? AlbaniaIn favor✔
?? Armenia--✔
?? AngolaAbstained
?? ArgentinaIn favor
?? AustriaIn favor
?? AustraliaIn favor
?? Azerbaijan--✔
?? BarbadosAbstained
?? BangladeshAbstained
?? BelgiumIn favor✔
?? Burkina Faso--
?? BulgariaIn favor✔
?? BahrainAbstained
?? BurundiAgainst
?? Benin--
?? Brunei DarussalamAbstained
?? BoliviaAgainst
?? BrazilAbstained
?? BahamasIn favor
?? BhutanAbstained
?? BotswanaAbstained
?? BelarusAgainst✔
?? BelizeAbstained
?? CanadaIn favor✔
?? Democratic Republic of the CongoIn favor
?? Central African RepublicAgainst
?? Republic of the CongoAgainst
?? SwitzerlandIn favor
?? Côte d’IvoireIn favor
?? ChileIn favor
?? CameroonAbstained
?? ChinaAgainst
?? ColombiaIn favor
?? Costa RicaIn favor
?? CubaAgainst
?? Cabo VerdeAbstained
?? CyprusIn favor
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A Visual Guide to Europe’s Member States


This post is by Anshool Deshmukh from Visual Capitalist


Map of Europe's member states

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Who are Europe’s Member States?

With Ukraine’s recent bid to join the European Union (EU), the current status of Europe’s member states is back in the fray.

The European member states are countries mainly in Europe, and three outside, that are part of one or more of the four major treaty groups, namely the European Union (EU), NATO, Schengen, and eurozone.

Each of these institutions governs a different aspect of the region’s infrastructure.

Let’s take a look at each of them.

European Union

The European Union (EU) is a unique economic and political union between 27 European countries.

First created as the European Economic Community in the aftermath of WW2, the organization’s main focus was to foster economic cooperation. The idea was simple: countries that trade with one another and become economically interdependent are more likely to avoid conflict.

Beginning with six countries in 1958, the European Economic Community has since added 21 more countries (the UK left the EU in 2020), with a primary focus on single or internal markets.

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Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine


This post is by Bruno Venditti from Visual Capitalist


ukraine map explainer

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Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine

The modern state of Ukraine was formed nearly 30 years ago after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, the country has often made headlines due to political instability and the looming threat of a Russian invasion.

In the map graphic above, we examine Ukraine from a structural point of view. What’s the country’s population composition? What drives the country’s economy? And most importantly, why is the country important within a global context?

Where Do People Live in Ukraine?

With a population of nearly 44 million people, Ukraine is the eighth-most populous country in Europe. For perspective, that is slightly smaller than Spain, and four times larger than Greece.

As the cartogram below demonstrates, a large portion of the country’s population is located in and around the capital Kyiv, along with the Donetsk region—which is front and center in the current conflict with Russia.

Ukraine population cartogram

Not surprisingly, many of the country’s Russian speaking citizens live on the eastern side of the country, near the Russian border.

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This is How Much NATO Countries Spend on Defense


This post is by Avery Koop from Visual Capitalist


Visualizing NATO Defense Spending by Country

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This Is How Much NATO Countries Spend on Defense

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exists for the sole purpose of facilitating a political and military alliance between almost 30 countries. All are obligated to one another in times of war, but some countries have much stronger militaries and defense systems than others.

Using data from NATO, this map reveals what each NATO member country spends on its own national defense.

Note: Numbers are 2021 projections.

Biggest NATO Defense Spenders

The U.S. spends more on defense than any other NATO country.

According to the 2021 estimates, U.S. defense spending will be close to $811 billion this year. On the other hand, the defense spending of all other NATO countries combined is projected to be $363 billion, meaning the U.S. will outspend all other countries by a whopping $448 billion.

RankCountryMillions (USD) 2021pChange (2014-2021)
#1?? United States$811,14024.0%
#2?? United Kingdom$72,76510.8%
#3?? Germany$64,78540.3%
#4?? France$58,72912.9%
#5?? Italy$29,76321.5%
#6?? Canada$26,52346.0%
#7?? Spain (Read more...)