Security in Europe has seriously deteriorated between the last NATO summits. From Bucharest to Chicago Europe got war in Georgia after which Russia occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia. From Chicago to Wales Europe got aggression in Ukraine after which Russian occupied Crimea, dropped civilian plane and still leads military intervention in East Ukraine. What does… » read more
J’ai assisté le 23 juillet à la réception de départ de l’Ambassadeur de France auprès de l’UE, alors qu’il s’apprète à prendre ses nouvelles fonctions à Berlin.Voici ce que je retiens de cette rotation à la Représentation Permanente, des participants, et du discours. Ce ‘mouvement diplomatique’, comme on dit, est réfléchi. Il va de pair… » read more
Bringing Bangladesh’s war criminals to justice was meant to help reconcile a tense and polarized society. Instead, citizens from both sides of the political divide have taken to the streets in violent protests against its verdicts. Bangladesh has been torn from its birth on matters of culture and identity, in particular on the place that… » read more
Territorial dispute has all but faded into the history of the Western hemisphere, but a new affliction has taken its place: international terrorism. Defense policy has not seen such a shift in focus since the fall of the Iron Curtain. The war on terror has pitted Western troops against an unprecedented enemy. One that knows… » read more
Written by Ivan Bielik (member of IPWG) Last days have brought into the light interesting issue of the fundamental clash between national security and civil liberty. One needs to examine the role of law in the society in deciding about this issue, because the law system creates a backbone of society we live in and… » read more
Today I’m back on this weblog to share with you the H. Schmidt’s concerns on future Bundeswehr. Die Zeit published on its website a video in which H. Schmidt expresses his concerns. According to him, professional defence forces recruit mainly among the lower classes of the society, thus not reflecting the society. To explore further… » read more
After a post on the point one of Sun Tzu’s quote your can read here below, I will try to analyze the idea of general’s ability. Sun Tzu said: Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise: 1. Which of… » read more
The Spanish digital review Atenea published on 3rd November an article written by Alfredo Crespo Alcázar and titled “La economía: factor determinante en la politica de defensa de David Cameron“. According to this website, Mr Crespo Alcázar’s book “David Cameron: tras la senda de Churchill y Thatcher” should be available from next December on (this… » read more
Turkmenistan has broken Russia’s stranglehold on its gas exports by opening a pipeline through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to China. The country’s president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has just made his first trip to New Delhi where the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline project was discussed. Earlier this year a short pipeline was opened in order to increase exports to Iran, and gas is in the process of being identified for eventual export to Europe via a Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline and the EU’s Southern Corridor. The era of Russian control over the country’s exports is over, and Ashgabat is taking care to make certain that it is not squeezed between Moscow and Beijing.
Robert M. Cutler amerikai politológus-tanácsadó szerint a közép-európai országoknak muszáj együttműködniük az orosz befolyás csökkentéséért. Az oroszok a gázt politikai fegyverként használják, és a nagy nemzetközi vezetékekért folyó küzdelem akár fegyveres konfliktusok kitörésében is szerepet játszik. Az azeri gázmezők válthatják meg térségünket a moszkvai nyomástól.
When Israel-Palestine merits not a word from a president, you know the United States is turning inward. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 28 January 2010, “Exit America” The same Cohen op-ed indicates that only nine minutes were devoted to international affairs in President Obama’s first State of the Union message last month. And now we… » read more
Today I will list the 5 main arguments against the EU bank data transfer deal with the US.The background of the deal has already been described in my blog post yesterday. These are the 5 reasons: There is no reciprocity: The US will receive EU banking data and the EU will NOT receive any US… » read more
No? That could be a problem. Yesterday, Richard Holmes wrote this in his tribute to Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards commanding officer who was killed in Afghanistan on July 1: We have been so preoccupied with other issues that it is easy to forget that our commitment to Afghanistan has rumbled on… » read more
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Jean-François Minster, chief technology officer and senior vice president scientific development with Total, on the financing of strategic energy technologies in the EU. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/SnRAzpSb_C4″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]