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Tensions between East and West are mounting, but
Europe could gain strategically and economically from assisting in the development
of Siberia. Helping Russia shore up its eastern border with China this way would
be also in the long-term interest of NATO and the United States.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Professor Stefan Hedlund
recent Zapad-2017 military exercises made plenty of headlines, but at least as
significant were the drills held by Sweden’s armed forces around the same time.
Held in conjunction with NATO partners, the maneuvers had Sweden flexing its
military muscle for the first time in decades. They could tilt the Baltic security
map decisively in NATO’s favor.
General Stanislaw Koziej
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Hybrid warfare has been a
hot concept in the military and security community since the mid-2000s. But it
has not made much of a dent on U.S. military doctrine, which is more concerned
with urban warfare and its own theory of “multi-domain battle.” At the
strategic level, American planners do not consider hybrid warfare as an
operating principle – just one of a plethora of threats they must face.
Dr. James Jay Carafano
Russia has been honing
its conventional and nuclear forces for Hybrid Cold War confrontations with
potential enemies, especially NATO. An important role in its new strategic toolbox
is reserved for “safety valves”: Russia’s doctrine of first use of tactical
nuclear weapons and the increased mobility of its conventional forces. At
present, NATO has no effective countermeasures for either, dangerously adding to
relationship between Turkey and the European Union is on the rocks. Turkey
cannot be considered eligible for membership, but the accession process remains
officially ongoing. A collapse of the talks seems likely – but that would cause
more problems than it would solve. Forging a new kind of partnership would have
plenty of benefits, but would require ending accession negotiations. Sticking
with the status quo gives both sides what they want, for now.
Dr. Michael Leigh