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Spoiled Latvia’s image in the international arena

By Victors Domburs on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Latvia is actively preparing for one of the most important political event of the year. Parliamentary elections will take place in October 6, 2018. Submissions of the lists of candidates for the 13th Saeima elections will take place very soon – from July 18 to August 7, 2018. But the elections campaign as well as all political life in the country faces some problems which require additional attention from the…

Amid the World Cup, Vladimir Putin scores some diplomatic goals

By Nathan Hodge on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev attend the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday. The Kremlin may be locked in confrontation with the West, but the rest of the world is coming to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Putin is scoring important diplomatic points. World leaders have been making their way to Moscow for the games, raising Putin’s stature and putting Russia at…

Russian hybrid warfare can still bring surprises in the future

By Mark Voyger on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mark Voyger, former special advisor to retired Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, former commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, says in an interview to Georgi Beltadze, that calling hybrid warfare a completely new type of war is a misnomer. We are dealing with the same devil, which we have seen already in the past, only this time it is using new high-tech tools and methods. Mark, could you please tell me, is hybrid…

Defence-Spending or worthy life for the Baltics

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, June 18, 2018

NATO allies have stopped cuts in defence and began to increase the burden-sharing, something U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for. Defence spending among NATO members is to rise by 3.8 percent in 2018. Announcing specifics at a news conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the burden-sharing “underpins everything that we do.” It was also revealed that 15 of the alliance’s 29 members are on the track…

Beijing is taking on a broader financial role. Here’s why that matters

By Daniel McDowell on Thursday, June 14, 2018

When the Argentine peso was in trouble last month, Argentina asked the International Monetary Fund for a $50 billion loan. But the government in Buenos Aires also reached out to Beijing for help — reportedly looking for as much as $30 billion. Argentina wants Beijing to bump up an existing “currency swap” agreement between the two countries’ central banks. Currency swaps effectively act like direct lines of credit between two…

What would deeper involvement in Yemen mean for US troops?

By Todd South on Thursday, June 14, 2018

As missiles fly and bombardments are launched by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, experts say that requests for direct U.S. military involvement to take the vital port city of Hodeida could open a host of problems for U.S. concerns in the civil war-ravaged nation. The Saudi-led coalition, which is backing Yemen’s exiled government, launched a fierce assault Wednesday on Hodeida, the Associated Press reported. It was the biggest offensive of…

NATO has put forces in Eastern Europe to counter Russia — here’s where its battle groups are located

By Christopher Woody on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  NATO has had multinational battle groups in Poland and the Baltic states for the past two years.The deployments are part of an effort to bolster security and deterrence after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The battle groups remain in place, and NATO is looking for new ways to boost military readiness. The Warsaw Summit in July 2016 was only the second meeting of NATO’s heads of state and governments since…

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…