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Can the Europeans defend Europe?

By Mike Scrafton / January 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

A renewed sense of urgency over European defence has come only after a cumulative series of strategic shocks. The European powers have long resisted supranational defence institutions, instead depending heavily on NATO and the US. Prior to 1989, Western European and US strategic interests converged as the trans-Atlantic powers faced a hostile Soviet Union. After the Cold … Read more

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Missiles and missile defense in a nuclear Asia

By Stephan Frühling / January 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

For much of the atomic age, intercontinental-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) have been the epitome of nuclear arsenals in popular imagination and in the policies of many states seeking to join the nuclear club. Threatening the certainty of immediate destruction of an adversary’s homeland, ICBMs more than any other weapon are associated with the condition of … Read more

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Trans-Atlantic Defense Policy in a Baltic and Nordic Context

By Robert Clark / January 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

‘This is our continent and we will keep on working to help keep it safe’. Ex-U.K. defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon  Since the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent annexation of the Crimea, the Baltic states (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) have understandably felt the inherent vulnerability that comes with maintaining borders with Russia. Arguing … Read more

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Beyond Nuclear Weapons: The International Criminality of North Korea

By Francis Grice / January 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

After a year of nerve-wracking nuclear sabre rattling by Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the world appeared to step back from the brink of a full-scale nuclear war after North and South Korea began tentative talks relating to the upcoming Olympic Games in South Korea.  This return to the negotiating table is undoubtedly good news, and yet … Read more

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​Exiting the highway to hell on the Korean peninsula​

By Robert E. McCoy  / December 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are high and the exchanges of churlish comments by Pyongyang and Washington do little to ease the pressure. This writer had the good fortune to attend the Oct. 9th Tensions on the Korean Peninsula event held by the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Speakers were Greg Scarlotoiu, Executive Director of … Read more

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Nuclear Strategist: Albert Wohlstetter and the Delicate Balance of Terror

By Pravin R. Jethwa / November 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

In the January 1959 issue of Foreign Affairs, RAND Corporation analyst Albert Wohlstetter published an article on nuclear strategy entitled “The Delicate Balance of Terror.” The piece, essentially a conclusion to his earlier and influential studies on bomber basing conducted for the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, became an instant sensation. He argued against … Read more

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Can Iraq be saved from Iran?

By Manish Rai / November 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

The recent takeover of Kirkuk by the Iranian-backed militias and Iraqi army clearly illustrates that Iran is calling shots in every important decision of Iraq. The Kirkuk operation and withdrawal of Kurdish peshmerga without meaningful resistance to advancing Iraqi forces was planned by Iran’s Quds force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani. To what extent the Iraq … Read more

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The Importance of History in Northeast Asia

By Robert E. McCoy / October 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

Few problems in international relations have proven as intractable as convincing Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program, embrace economic reform, and move toward reunification of the Korean Peninsula. However, looking at the dissimilar perspectives of the nations in Northeast Asia explains why progress has been so elusive. Playwright William Shakespeare observed in the early 1600s … Read more

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Can Russia claim ‘victory’ in the Middle East?

By Chiman Salih / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

The escalating Russian involvement in the Middle East in recent years has been characterised by the Kremlin’s signing of important bilateral defense and economic agreements with the region’s various conflicting parties – Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, among others. With this strategic activism, the inheritor of the former Soviet empire appears to have strong-armed its … Read more

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Kurdistan Will be a Success

By Manish Rai / August 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is all set to carry out a referendum on Kurdistan’s independence, thus closing a circle which was opened 56 years earlier in the “September revolution” against the Iraqi central government, headed by Abd al-Karim Qassim. The feeling of attaining full independent is getting stronger by each passing day in Kurdish … Read more

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