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Realpolitik

Despite ongoing domestic challenges, NATO (the members and the organisation itself) have to make some very heavy political considerations concerning Russia, lest they lose a chance to steal momentum in the propaganda war between Russia and the West. With Russia’s intervention in Syria kicking into high gear, NATO has the opportunity to put muscle behind… » read more

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Worst Case Scenario

Tensions in the Baltics are high at this moment. Both NATO and Russia are preparing for the event of a military confrontation in Eastern Europe, with both sides undertaking drills to increase readiness of a Russian invasion of Latvia and Estonia. A British think tank, the European Leadership Network, recently released a report analysing military… » read more

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No one wants a tragedy, but it’s happened. No matter how many times we write “Je suis Charlie” on Facebook, we cannot avoid what’s already passed. We need to survey the damage and look to the aftershock. My greatest fear that this action becomes fuel for France’s already potent far right. National tragedies have historically… » read more

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Pondering Russia

I do not know what to think about Russia. I have been writing this entry for four months, revising it again and again in my head. So, if you came here looking for answers and policy suggestions, then you have come in vain. I am going to explain why I cannot figure out this situation.… » read more

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Defence procurement is an unsexy phrase for an unsexy idea. Despite this, the issue of increased integration in the area of defence is frequently in the news nowadays. France and Britain are exploring bilateral military cooperation, NATO pushing its European allies to procure more drones and the Commission and the Parliament have both advocated more… » read more

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