Saudi Arabia was the fourth largest military spender in the world last year, a reflection of Riyadh’s desire to protect itself in a changing region.

According to figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Riyadh increased its military expenditure by 14 per cent to US$67 billion (Dh246bn) in 2013.

In 2012, Riyadh ranked seventh in the yearly study. The country now joins the United States, China, Russia, and France as the world’s top five military spenders. […]