What is really important is for nations who know Russia and have observed these Zapad exercises in the past to continue their analysis of the exercises and assist our analysts in Washington or at NATO to examine what has been taking place.
What does Russia want? How should the Russian campaign against the West be understood?
The rising accommodative narrative (very popular among some European business circles, armchair punditry and radical parties) of the 2014 pseudo-referendum on Crimea is mistaken.
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.
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.