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    The biggest military spenders

                                                   
    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.
                           

                                                    

     

     



     




                           



     


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    The EU and 21st Century Security 

                       
    With the end of the Stockholm programme, the Security & Defence Agenda and Friends of Europe in co-operation with the European Commission Directorate General for Home Affairs, brought together key stakeholders to discuss the next practical steps to be undertaken by the EU in this field. This report presents an overview of their discussions and key recommendations.  Read the full report here.





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    Limited changes in Rouhani’s Iran, says Nobel laureate Ebadi

                           

    The election of President, Hassan Rouhani last August and recent improvements in relations with the United States and the European Union have not sparked serious change within Iran, said Shirin Ebadi, Iranian judge and winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, during an interview with SDA.

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WHY DON'T EUROPEANS USE NATO AND THE EU?  

Instead of using NATO and EU institutional frameworks, European nations have recently established a series of new regional ‘multinational defence co-operations’ (MDCs) and reenergised old ones. Although policymakers and analysts support all kinds of defence co-operation, they have not taken into consideration the negative consequences of...

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HARD TRUTHS ABOUT EUROPE'S SOFT POWER

           
In the run-up to last December’s EU summit on defence, Britain’s top general publicly warned that the UK risks being left with “hollowed out” armed forces. He said too little of the much-reduced British defence budget is being spent on personnel, too much on “exquisite” equipment bought for the wrong reasons. “We must be careful” he commented “that the defence budget is not...
             

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MYANMAR TODAY: TACKLING THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

After five decades of repressive military rule, Myanmar’s political and economic transformation continues to impress. The country is preparing for milestone elections in autumn 2015, ceasefire talks have opened with ethnic groups and work begun on important constitutional changes ahead of next year’s polls...
                
                                                      
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Europe's World

Europe's World, the only EU-wide policy journal with a readership of over 100,000, has a new website. Visit www.europesworld.org
    

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.

SDA new Advisory Board members

 

 

       

   

Alexander Vershbow
Deputy Secretary General
NATO

     

Pierre Vimont
Executive Secretary General
European External Action Service

   
             
 

       

   

Brig. Gen. Ilkka
Laitinen

Executive Director
FRONTEX

     

Ioan Mircea Pascu

Vice Chairman
Committee on Foreign Affairs
European Parliament

   
             

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