... out military exercises in the Arctic, in particular in the framework of Canadian Forces Operation Nanook involving personnel from all branches of the Canadian forces (air, land and sea). Nevertheless, even though Canada is a long-time US ally and a NATO member, Canadian officials are not in favor of NATO’s further involvement in the Arctic[xix], which is perceived not only as diminishing Canadian sovereign claims over its natural resources and shipping lanes, but also as encouraging Russia ...
- 18.03.2015 11:50:00
... accordingly conducted a large Arctic maneuver – Cold Response Exercise – in which more than 16 000 troops from 14 countries are believed to have participated, involving also servicemen of the Air Force, Navy, Army and special tasks forces of NATO member states. Norway also plans to hold one of its largest military exercises in Finnmark, a Norwegian territory adjacent to the Russian Federation. The exercise, called “Joint Viking” is scheduled for March 2015 and will involve the ...
- 11.03.2015 17:01:00
By Brian E. Frydenborg, February 26th, 2015 (updated February 27th-28th)
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One of the sad things about looking at current commentary about Russia, America, and the state of their relationship is the lack of measured and reasoned...
- 27.02.2015 05:12:00
... Ukraine, and even as to whether the E.U. should be involved with Ukraine at all.
The US has little intrinsic interest in Ukraine, apart from the interests of its politically-inflluential Ukrainian Diaspora. However, once the decision was made to expand NATO eastwards, it acquired a logic and momentum of its own, eventually putting NATO membership for Ukraine on the agenda. Many experienced, highly-respected specialists, including George Kennan, architect of the doctrine of containment of the Soviet ...
- 30.01.2015 17:55:00
Disappearance of Polarity:
“Polarity” has long served as a useful explanatory framework in the study of international politics. The analogy to physical magnetism represents a system of states pulled or pushed into alliances by forces analogous to magnetic fields. Thinking in terms of polarity can be useful in explaining ...
- 27.01.2015 18:43:00
1. More cohesion in NATO?
According to the balance-of-threat assumption the lack of unambiguous threat decreases cohesion of military alliances, whereas the free-rider problem increases in inverse proportion. Even if one doesn't consider the geostrategical mischief ...
- 28.12.2014 04:03:00
... defense relations. While rebuffing economic concerns, the Finnish government is using this opportunity to enact several defense agreements to persuade the Finnish people towards a closer relationship with the West. Although Finns generally do not support NATO membership, both Stubb and Niinisto, members of the National Coaltion Party, continue to suggest discussing NATO membership. Niinisto recently has expressed this desire in June. At the same time, Stubb has stated that Finland will hold a new position ...
- 29.08.2014 15:51:00
Although some pundits believe that no nation should consider joining NATO in light of Ukraine’s situation, the crisis nevertheless has fundamentally changed NATO’s relationship with Sweden. This change for Sweden comes due to a combination of already present concerns such as defense capabilities and reliability ...
- 21.08.2014 15:59:00
... bilateral military activities with Russia.
Are we facing a security dilemma in the Arctic?
One should bear in mind that the Arctic stretches along the borders of two overlapping security communities, one pivoting on Russia and the other on NATO.
As far as Russia is concerned, under the Security Strategy until 2020 that was approved in 2009, Russia has been increasing its military and naval presence in the Arctic and is determined to maintain its position as a leading power. The Strategy ...
- 14.04.2014 10:43:00
... on the ground several tens of thousands of men strong at a cost of $4.1 billion per year. Since the US made clear that it would not sustain its military aid package to Afghanistan should Kabul choose not to sign the US Bilateral Security Agreement, NATO finds itself at a difficult fork in the road.
In view of its findings and deductions, CNA advised the United States to keep both international military advisers and troops in Afghanistan, until “at least 2018”. The report read, “Our ...
- 28.02.2014 13:07:00
... of Russia and Ukraine towards Europe have two basic differences. Moscow has proposed an institutional allegiance toward only two structures built on European multilateral mechanisms, i.e. toward the OSCE and the Council of Europe. As for the EU and NATO, the two other main structures, Russia has become content with only surface-level institutional involvement which implies multifaceted exclusive cooperation with the right to dispense harsh criticism and, frequently, stand in opposition. In contrast ...
- 02.01.2014 12:12:00
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time. Henry A. Kissinger The biggest struggle that will need to be done is to keep KSF story within NATO to stop it become Kosovo Army. In the current situation, potential Kosovo army, can not be compared to the capacity and strength of the Army of Serbia, which is perhaps the strongest in the region and capable of defending the country from a much ...
- 01.10.2013 16:44:00
Imagine a part of the U.S.A., from which the U.S.A. started - where is the cradle of your history? This is Kosovo for Serbia. Novak Djokovic, world tenis player No 1 In NATO bombing of Yugoslavia which began on 24 March, 1999. more than 2,000 people have been killed and nearly 5,000 wounded. There were severely damaged infrastructure, commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, media houses and monuments...In addition ...
- 24.09.2013 15:18:00
The ongoing shift of the global geopolitics’ center of gravity toward the Asia-Pacific raises the question about the role in this region of the world’s most powerful political-military alliance – NATO. To be more specific, this question is about the potential role for NATO’s European wing, because the United States has been a major Pacific power since the mid-19th century and, in recent years, has made the Asia-Pacific the top foreign policy ...
- 05.08.2013 12:29:00
... expected withdrawal of the coalition forces in 2014. Other challenges are also momentous. We can see a good sign in the dialog on cyber security launched by presidents of Russia and the United States on the sidelines of the G8 summit. Engagement of other NATO states may as well lay the ground for a new dimension of the Euro-Atlantic security. The Russia-NATO Council is definitely a major factor in Moscow's partnership with NATO. The Council is not perfect; it has its limitations and defects. But it provides ...
- 25.06.2013 14:34:00
... itself assesses and balances its own security concerns in the region: instability, extremism and narcotics.
At the same time the spill-over of violence and extremism does not pose a direct threat to Russia itself for whom the main implications of U.S./NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan are in Central Asia. Moscow’s main strategy to address potential cross-border repercussions for its Central Asian allies and the increase in Western back-up and transit-related presence in Central Asia is to intensify ...
- 17.05.2013 19:07:00
... agree with the fact that Russia managed to establish very strong precedent that it would not accept unilaterally proclaimed or militarily enforced independence.
Intervention to Georgia had undeniable implications on Ukraine’s rapprochement with NATO in terms of much more sensible approach to deepening their cooperation. Nevertheless the cooperation between Ukraine and NATO remained quite strong, official and institutional advancement will surely not take place in the near future. On 22 February ...
- 01.03.2013 10:52:00