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Lessons learnt from the Gulf of Aden operations
15 May, Brussels
With the mandates of both Operation Atalanta and Ocean Shield coming to an end later this year, it is urgent to identify the lessons to be learned from those six years of international cooperation. This and other topics will be discussed at a roundtable debate next 15th May. Read more. Register now for the debate here.
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Overhauling transatlantic security thinking
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The recent report on military spending released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on April 14th, reveal that while in times when the U.S. decreases its military spending, there are countries that increase it heavily. Overall 23 countries have doubled their defence spending over the past decade, according to SIPRI. Read more.
Those who argue that the rapidly unfolding crisis in Ukraine has become Europe’s most serious post-Cold War challenge since the Balkan Wars are probably right. There is considerable uncertainty concerning Russia’s ultimate objectives and efforts to resolve the crisis through diplomatic means have met limited success thus far. The situation could easily escalate, even unintentionally, and lead to a new Cold War...
NATO’s European members, too, should pivot to Asia
The drawdown of ISAF troops from Afghanistan calls for a new forum for NATO countries to consult with Asia-Pacific countries. Karl-Heinz Kamp explains why.
Hard truths about Europe’s soft power
Europe’s military shortcomings may see it shunted to the margins of global affairs, warns Nick Witney, former head of the European Defence Agency.
An Asian NATO would help defuse tensions
The lack of international security institutions in East Asia is contributing to growing tensions in the region, says South Korea’s former foreign minister Yoon Young-kwan.
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