Bismark there were some articles not too long ago stating the paltry defense spending of most of NATO. I believe the stipulations of whatever treaty or agreement formalized NATO required at least 2% GDP be spent on defense for all member nations and only few were meeting this obligation.
What are you thoughts on this?
Also I think they are trying to build up South Asia alliances but are there any formal treaties or agreements in this area?
What about for the Gulf States?
Europe in many ways has a post-history perspective of the world. European members of NATO in particular freeride on the American security apparatus. That frees up funds for their respective economic and social programs. I believe they should spend the amount that the treaty obligates them to. They have to maintain a certain qualitative and quantitative edge to be effectual partners.
ASEAN comes to mind, though the security aspect of that international organization is much more implicit than NATO. The security relationship between the US and Japan is a more tangible example that is of the upmost importance for both parties.
In the Persian Gulf region we have the Gulf Cooperation Council, which does advance some mutual security interests of the Gulf Arab emirates. Defense cooperation among the GCC is gaining momentum. It's essential that any regional order include Iran, but its ambitions are in many ways inimical to the interests of the GCC and the US. It will continue to be a shatter belt region for the foreseeable future, unfortunately.