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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The A2/AD discussion is very useful because it highlights that, yes, overall NATO is superior, but that its forces are in the wrong place and at often too low a readiness.