Is the Russia-Belarus exercise Zapad 2017 is a reason for concern for NATO?
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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.
Following the July failed military coup in Turkey many Turkish officers posted at NATO now seek asylum in fear of their lives.
There are overlaps, even between jihadists and nationalists as both emerged from a sense of the necessity of violence to produce political change.
Sanctions against Russia should be extended for at least 12 months, so that Russia would not have the opportunity to utilise the discussion within the EU in its favour.
“Putin needs to spread chaos. Trump with his talks about how NATO is unnecessary, how everyone should pay for himself, plays into Putin’s cards”, says Garry Kasparov.
You should fight against ISIS the way governments fought against Marxist rebels: by designing a counter-revolutionary counterinsurgency.
NATO’s push to reinforce the resilience and sovereignty of Ukraine and Georgia could provide an opportunity for a joint military engagement of the secondary partners – Armenia and Azerbaijan.