Defence

How to Defeat the Missile Defense of the Future

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Ultimately, innovating new offensive weapons will prove more important. Leonid Nersisyan Taking a good look at U.S. and Russian strategic missile defense systems’ capabilities, we have come to the conclusion that these systems will not be able, neither at this moment nor in the… How to Defeat the… Read More »

Can NATO Pay Up?

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If adherence to the 2 percent benchmark is not a good measurement of commitment, what is? Elisabeth Braw In recent years NATO has been showing renewed signs of vitality. But with challenges ranging from Russia to refugees, it’s… Can NATO Pay… Read More »

Russia ships ‘chase away’ Dutch submarine in Mediterranean

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Russia’s defence ministry has said two of its navy destroyers have forced away a Dutch submarine to stop it spying on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean. The sub was 20km (12 miles) away from the Admiral Kuznetsov at the time of the incident, the military said. Russia sent a… Russia ships ‘chase… Read More »

Moscow, Ankara to discuss deploying air defense systems to Turkey

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Russia and Turkey are planning to convene to set an intergovernmental military-technical cooperation commission before the end of the year, a Russian military official said on Monday. Daily Sabah Speaking to Interfax, Alexandr Fomin, the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said the most important topic on the… Moscow, Ankara to… Read More »

Syria: The Next U.S. President’s First 100 Days

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America’s goal should be ending the civil war, not regime change. Amitai Etzioni According to the Washington Post, there is already a lively debateamong Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy advisers about what is to be done in Syria if she becomes the next president. Arguments are between those who… Syria: The Next… Read More »

UK deploys hundreds of troops and aircraft to eastern Europe

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UK joins biggest post-cold war buildup of Nato forces as Russian military engages in series of high-profile manoeuvres Kevin Rawlinson and Ewen MacAskill The UK is deploying hundreds of troops, as well as aircraft and armour to eastern Europe as part of the biggest build-up of Nato forces in the region since the cold war. The… UK deploys hundreds… Read More »

3 Factors for the U.S. to Consider in Assessing Iran’s Role in Yemen Attacks

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Publicly blaming Tehran for the recent missile strikes would be a serious matter, so U.S. officials need to go through several preparatory steps before deciding whether that is the best course of action. Michael Singh After missiles fired from the coast of Yemen (unsuccessfully) targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12, U.S. officials unequivocally blamed the Shiite Houthi rebels that control Yemen’s capital. U.S. forces responded to the… 3 Factors for… Read More »

Libyan PM open to security cooperation with Russia

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Head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government voices readiness to step up security, military cooperation with Moscow World Bulletin / News Desk Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of Libya’s UN-backed unity government, has expressed his government’s willingness to step up security and… Libyan PM open… Read More »

Effective sanctions relief on Iran for sanctions’ sake

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The one year anniversary of Iran nuclear agreement’s entering into force on Oct. 18, 2015 was buried in the noise and news of U.S. electoral campaign, operation to liberate Mosul and tragic agonies of Aleppo. By Thomas R. Pickering and Ali Vaez This in itself is a testament to the accord’s remarkable success in addressing a major threat to global security. But in this success lies a… Effective sanctions relief… Read More »

Looking for a scape-goat

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In Berlin, Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine made an effort to disentangle the Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts. by Thierry Meyssan However, from the Russian point of view, these blockages only exist because the objective of the United States is not the defence of democracy, on which they pride themselves, but the prevention of the development of Russia and China by cutting the… Looking for a… Read More »

13 Years of War: Mosul’s Frightening and Uncertain Future

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Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. by Patrick Cockburn It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and… 13 Years of… Read More »

Russian warships pass through English Channel

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A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. The Ministry of Defence said they would be “man-marked every step of the… Russian warships pass… Read More »

China May Be Rising, But America Is Not in Retreat

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Cold War–era Asia was a dangerous and often bloody place. Rajan Menon But its alignments were predictable and its problems readily identifiable. No longer. SEEN IN historical perspective, a… China May Be… Read More »

Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

NATO head backs stronger European defence

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“Stronger European defence will be good for the European Union, it will be good for Europe and will be good for NATO,” he said at a press conference with Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome. World Bulletin / News Desk NATO head Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Friday European efforts for a more closely integrated defence policy, boosted since Britain’s vote to leave the… NATO head backs… Read More »

Why Russia Fears NATO

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Adam Twardowski takes umbrage at arguments that I and other members of the realism and restraint camp have made that NATO’s behavior over the past two decades has exacerbated tensions with Russia. Ted Galen Carpenter He begins his rebuttal with a drive-by smear that is increasingly in vogue among neoconservatives, dismissing such… Why Russia Fears… Read More »