Security

Bernie Diver: The defence industry helps in NZ and abroad

OPINION: The world is changing – and our South Pacific slice of heaven is not the safe haven it once was. New Zealand’s 2016 Defence White Paper notes a number of challenges to the country’s security interests over the next 25 years. BERNIE DIVER Not least is the… Bernie Diver: The… Read More »

The Islamic State Threat in Somalia’s Puntland State

A stretch of Somalia’s coast has been seized by Islamic State fighters who split from the country’s main jihadist militia Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with Al-Qaeda. A concerted response by the Somali federal authorities is now urgently required to contain the… The Islamic State… Read More »

How A Trump Presidency Looks In The Middle East

CAIRO — Will the arrival of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States set off a new phase of political unrest around the world? Wordcrunch Omar Said MADA MASR Will the Arab world carry the lion’s share of the conflict? The Middle East has shown a mix of both panic and a perhaps surprising dose of optimism since last Tuesday’s surprise U.S. election result. How A Trump… Read More »

Germany’s Budget Committee Approves Five New Corvettes

The Budget Committee of the German Parliament rubber-stamped on Friday the procurement of five new corvettes for the German Navy, worth about €1.5 billion, sources familiar with the deal confirmed. By: Lars Hoffmann, The decision is a sure sign that German MoD prefers a direct procurement of a second batch of K130 corvettes instead of a… Germany’s Budget Committee… Read More »

A Day In The Life Of An Ethical Hacker

With an onslaught of cyber breaches taking place daily, companies of all sizes are now hiring ethical hackers to test their ability to withstand targeted attacks. Robert Page  As a lead penetration tester, it’s my job to rigorously challenge the defences of some of the… A Day In… Read More »

How to Defeat the Missile Defense of the Future

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 »

Turkey’s PKK Conflict Veers onto a More Violent Path

The death toll in Turkey’s PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) conflict rose nearly 10 per cent over the past three months as domestic political and regional dynamics propel the 32-year-old conflict deeper into a more violent trend. Berkay Mandıracı August-October fighting killed 444 people, compared to 402 in the preceding three months. The… Turkey’s PKK Conflict… Read More »

Can NATO Pay Up?

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

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 »

Why Morocco Is Investing in Africa

Morocco wishes to help its fellow African nations claim their due from the West. Ahmed Charai In a historic speech in the Senegalese capital Dakar Sunday, Moroccan King Mohammed VI laid out his country’s commitment to the continent of Africa, and… Why Morocco Is… Read More »

Turkey’s Difficult Détente With Russia

ANKARA—Turkey’s always-complex zigzags between its Western allies and their respective strategic rivals are more than notorious. By: Burak Ege Bekdil, Russia is a case in point. A year ago Turkey and Russia were on the brink of war over Syria. Today they are in a… Turkey’s Difficult Détente… Read More »

Moscow, Ankara to discuss deploying air defense systems to Turkey

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 »

Nobel Peace Laureates Warn: Trump Presidency Would Bring Grave Risks

It is unusual for us to comment on an American election, even more so in the eleventh hour. José Ramos-Horta Óscar Arias Sánchez John Hume  But what is at stake at the moment in the U.S. election affects us all. The Presidential election in the world’s most powerful democracy has descended into name calling, disinformation and… Nobel Peace Laureates… Read More »

The Libyan Political Agreement: Time for a Reset

The UN-brokered peace process in Libya has stalled, leaving unresolved pressing issues like worsening living conditions, control of oil facilities, people-smuggling, and the struggle against jihadist groups. New negotiations are needed to engage key actors who have been excluded so far. Executive Summary The… The Libyan Political… Read More »