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NATO occupation of the Baltic sky

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, April 26, 2018

NATO fighter aircraft conducting Air Policing Mission the in the Baltic states were scrambled once to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation over the Baltic Sea, according to the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania last week. As we know, NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states is carried out by the Danish Air Force since January. It consists of four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters which…

The More Things Change: Explaining Continuity in Defense Strategy

By Raphael S. Cohen on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Judging by appearances, it is hard to imagine two more different approaches to the military and defense policy than those of the Obama and Trump administrations. President Barack Obama came into office championing “smart power” — a blend of diplomacy, development, and military power, and a reliance on multilateral international institutions to solve the strategic problems. By contrast, President Donald Trump unabashedly advocates an approach defined by “hard power,” as…

Improve NATO forces now

By Dominik George Nargele on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

President Trump has asked Europe’s allies to pay their fair share of defense costs, and started efforts to rebuild Europe’s military readiness as NATO is standing up, lethal military aid is going to Ukraine and U.S. energy is going to Europe as an alternative to Gazprom. If NATO were attacked now, only several thousand of the 1-million-plus troops in the European armies would be ready. Allied leaders are now working…

North Korea’s nuclear pause: grist for both doves and hawks

By Robert E Kelly on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“For the North Koreans, the principle of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula does not mean unilateral disarmament,” said Joshua Pollack, the editor of the Nonproliferation Review, and a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. “They couch it in terms of global disarmament.” In doing so, Pollack noted, the North Korean regime copied the language used by Beijing when China announced its own moratorium on…

A new cover for NATO presence in Europe

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, April 23, 2018

A tremendously dangerous situation in global politics that we have right now, forces experts to analyze not only US-Russia relations but NATO-Russia relations as well. It is well known that on April 1, 2014 NATO unanimously decided to suspend cooperation with the Russian Federation, in response to the Ukraine crisis. Since then misunderstanding has become even worse. NATO and Russia start to fortify their borders deploying more troop, military equipment…

Comey’s ‘Book Represents Anger at Being Fired’ by Trump

By Roger Smith on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Former FBI director James Comey has released a book entitled, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership” bashing the Trump administration. Radio Sputnik discussed this with Roger Smith, Professor of Political science and Associate Dean for Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Roger Smith: It certainly represents Comey’s anger at being fired by the President. The accuracy of all the particular claims is hard to assess. There’s no doubt…

China Conducts War Games, and Taiwan Is the Target

By Austin Ramzy on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

China carried out live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its state news media reported, an exercise intended to show the growing strength of its navy and deliver a message to self-governed Taiwan, which China claims as its territory. The war games were the first in the Taiwan Strait since 2016, Chinese state television reported. They were held in a two-square-mile area that includes two islets off the…

Why Germany didn’t join the Syria strikes

By Leonid Bershidsky on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s line on the latest Syrian crisis is a smart compromise between domestic stability and loyalty to the U.S. Former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has mockingly remarked that the German government’s decision to back the U.S., British and French strikes in Syria with rhetoric but not with missiles “has shown once again that it’s a grandmaster of dialectics.” U.S. President Donald Trump may snort in agreement. But Chancellor Angela…

Useless battalions for the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, April 13, 2018

“The presence of NATO multinational battalion-size groups in the Baltic states completely excludes the possibility of repeating a “Crimean scenario” in the region.” This opinion was expressed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Ottawa last week. As we know, NATO member states decided to enhance the Alliance’s presence in the Baltic states and Poland with four multinational battalion-size groups in July 2016. This move was intended…