With war rearing its ugly head in Europe with Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, many nations are bolstering their military spending in case the unthinkable happens, World War III breaks out. Albert Einstein is often attributed with the quote “I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” However, it’s not just Europe facing armed conflict.
There are an estimated 40 wars and minor conflicts currently happening in villages towns and cities across three dozen countries. And if history tells us anything, war is not going away any time soon as according to American writer, historian, and philosopher Will Durant, in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, came to the conclusion after studying the last 3,421 years of civilization, humanity has only been at peace for 268 of those years.
Despite our apparently inherent lust for continued war and destruction, there are still countries that, even in these troubling times, have no military at all. Here are going to look at 11 of these non-military nations, some more surprising than others.