Mike Scrafton

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

Read More

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

Read More

​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

Read More

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

Read More