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Russia’s entry into Syria’s increasingly chaotic civil war surprised many, raising the question of why it would want to dive into an almost certain quagmire. As the risks of ‘mission creep’ pull more Russian soldiers in, amid rising casualties, costs and terror attacks, the benefits seem few. But a proper understanding of Russian interests shows how the Kremlin hop...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Russian military is flexing its muscles, and Ukraine is not alone in feeling the heat. For the West, the security of the Baltic states, in particular Estonia and Latvia, is crucial and Nato’s ability to defend these countries is weakened by the fact that Sweden and Finland are not members of the Alliance. In the event of an attack, would Nato be able to come to...
Nato has rediscovered its purpose - and its legitimacy - after the gathering of world leaders in the UK. But when it comes to the task of devising a strategy to halt Russian aggression – and the increasing likelihood of ‘incidents’ in other eastern European countries - it is becoming clear that the alliance is at a loss.
Tensions are rising rapidly in Ukraine’s east. Russia is changing the reality on the ground despite talks scheduled to take place in Geneva on April 17, 2014, between Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU - the first four-way discussions since the crisis began. Kiev has rejected Russian pressure to turn Ukraine into a loose federation. However, the first casualties in...
International intervention in the Libyan civil war has provided many lessons for the future as GIS expert, Dr Uwe Nerlich explains in this special report.
LIBYA’S part in the Arab Spring will be one special episode in the course of history but it amounts to little more than a civil war.
Dr. Uwe Nerlich