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NATO-member Norway wants to double US troops near Russia

By Teri Schultz on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Norway will ask the US to double the number of troops stationed in its north and send them closer to its border with Russia. The move could raise tensions with Moscow, though Oslo had said it was not targeted at Russia. NATO member Norway has said it will ask Washington to send 700 US Marines to its northern region, compared to 330 on “rotation” since early last year. Oslo’s announcement…

Navigating the Post–Obama World

By Stuart Gottlieb on Monday, June 11, 2018

What if there was a major Palestinian uprising and nobody came? In the seventy years since the founding of the state of Israel, it has been the standard operating procedure for any Israel-Palestinian clash to be met with swift condemnation (and sometimes outright conflict) by the Arab states, and a wave of international outrage against Israel, typically by the United Nations. However, following last month’s massive protest in Gaza against…

Why America Should Deploy the U.S. Navy to the Baltics

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The benefits of having naval forces in the area and ready to respond with scalable defense options are undeniable. Great power competition has created an opportunity for the United States Navy to bolster alliances and partnerships, hone its capabilities, and deter a resurgent Russia through increased operations in the Baltic region. America should boost its naval activity specifically in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and in…

US-China relations deteriorating fast over flashpoint issues

By Simon Tisdall on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China’s expanding efforts to impose its will on neighbours through diplomatic, commercial and military pressure – the so-called Xi doctrine – have drawn the sharpest riposte to date from the Trump administration, with Taiwan once again the main flashpoint in a sea of accelerating Sino-American rivalry. Following recent verbal clashes over US “freedom of navigation” patrols in disputed South China Sea waters, officials in Washington say they plan to send…

The tech giants’ empire must fall – but they won’t go without a fight

By Rafael Behr on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The power of corporate giants like Amazon and Facebook is unparalleled. A regulatory assault seems urgent, inevitable – and impossible. The most memorable parts of last year’s Conservative election manifesto were the ones Theresa May would rather forget. History will immortalise her social care reform as a voter-repellent “dementia tax”. The offer to give MPs a free vote on the hunting ban is a case study in how to alienate…

Germany risks losing credibility in defense, US ambassador says

By David Martin on Monday, June 4, 2018

In an interview with Breitbart, the US’s Berlin envoy Richard Grenell accused the Bundeswehr of being unable to step up when called upon by NATO allies. Grenell also said he hopes to “empower” Europe’s conservatives. In an interview with ultra-conservative US news website Breitbart, US President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, heavily criticized Berlin’s defense spending, saying Germany is losing credibility. The US’s envoy in Berlin also tasked himself…

Leaks Connected to Edward Snowden Are Still Trickling Out — 5 Years After His NSA Document Dump

By Deb Riechmann on Monday, June 4, 2018

Whistleblower or traitor, leaker or public hero? Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out. That includes recent reporting on a mass surveillance program run by close U.S. ally Japan, and on how the NSA targeted bitcoin users to gather intelligence to…

Anaconda 2018 is near Russia’s borders

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, June 1, 2018

Last year, analysts claimed that ‘Zapad’ military exercises was a training for a war against Europe. However, this year NATO has decided to conduct a more ambitious and aggressive military exercises in Poland and Norway, countries adjacent to the borders of Russia. More than 100 thousand soldiers will be participating in the ‘Anaconda 2018’ in Poland and more than 45,000 soldiers will be taking part in the ‘Trident Joining’ in…

National asset of Baltic States: ammo instead of food

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, May 31, 2018

The main task of the Baltic countries before the NATO summit in July is keeping the Alliance’s constant attention to the region, Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said after meeting with colleagues from Latvia and Estonia in Klaipeda. Recently, Baltic politicians are increasingly talking about growing “threat” from Russia. Consequently, conducting an openly expansive “Eastern policy”, Lithuania’s allies in NATO have already been granted the right to put their troops…

Ilves at CyCon 2018: ‘Cyber NATO’ coalition of liberal democracies needed

By Andrew Whyte on Thursday, May 31, 2018

As reported on ERR yesterday, 30 May, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, speaking at NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDOE) is 10th annual cyber security conference CyCon 2018 in Tallinn, called for an organized union of liberal democracies in order to combat cyber threats globally. Here we reproduce Mr. Ilves speech in its entirety. ”The digital era, with all of its benefits, has profoundly changed the security environment of…