The sides fighting in Eastern Ukraine have proven that they can immediately halt hostilities if there is the will, but there are all the preconditions for the war to drag on for a long time if the will is not there, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug says.
- EU member states that want deeper security and defense integration should be given such opportunity - Pildegovics
It is important for countries like Sweden and Finland to be able to participate in the discussion or even decision-making process with NATO in times of crisis.
Derek Chollet states that US President Donald Trump’s desire to form closer cooperation between the US and Russia has no real basis.
NATO former deputy secretary-general Alexander Vershbow said that Russia wishes to demonstrate its capability to successfully become involved in a full-scale war with NATO.
Sufficiency in the campaign against ISIS requires reconciliation and the re-establishment of adequate governance, of basic services, of educational opportunities, local economy, rule of law.
The 21st century revisionist powers will compete vigorously beneath the threshold and will use a lot of strategies and tactics, all measures short of war to achieve their strategic objectives.
Is the Russia-Belarus exercise Zapad 2017 is a reason for concern for NATO?
Even though no specific activities within the Latvian armed forces are being planned in connection with Zapad, it cannot be ruled out that Russia will use the situation of the United States being tied-up in North Korea to its advantage
European Defence: Can the industrial and strategic elements be brought together around a coherent vision?
The European Commission proposed a reflection paper concerning the future of the European Defence in 2025 while advancing an ambitious “defence fund” for boosting the niche industrial sector.
Tomáš Valášek, a former Ambassador to NATO, now director of Carnegie Europe, discusses the optics, the outcomes and the likely ripple effects on transatlantic relationship of Trump’s rhetoric.
With Trump’s victory the US’s standing has already been damaged because it is no longer seen as a dependable or predictable partner.
Appealing to anxieties, Trump called for increased defence expenditures that could easily make the U.S. burden more lopsided than ever relative to allies.
The Commander of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Major General Stuart Skeates stated that the threats that we face around the world are very significant and in many respects they are very novel.