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Posts Tagged ‘NATO’

Observations of an Expat: Syria, Russia and Trump

Kirill Kudryavtsev/Reuters   By Tom Arms What now in Syria? Will Russia drop its support For Assad? Will the US intervene? Will Assad stay in power? Will Russia come out on top?

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear—Chapter Two

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms She’s done it. Mrs May has gone and linked Britain’s nuclear deterrent to Brexit trade negotiations. I can honestly stick out my chest, jut out my chin and proclaim: “I told you so. And I told you exclusively.”

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear

PA photo   By Tom Arms The EU is worried about losing their American nuclear umbrella. The UK is worried about losing their European market and their seat at the European top table. Britain has nuclear weapons. The EU has markets. Is there a fit?

The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

AP/AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between […]

NAFTA, the State Department and USAID

Evan Vucci/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   What the Trump Administration Needs to Learn about Soft Power

Trump’s Military Industrial Complex

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark     “This budget will be a public safety and national security budget.” President Donald J. Trump, Feb 27, 2017  

Observations of an Expat: Alliance 101

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The Western Alliance is in disarray. Americans are sick of picking up the tab for protecting a rich Europe from a communist threat which no longer exists. Europe is terrified at being abruptly left in the lurch facing a corrupt, authoritarian Russian threat which has replaced the communist one.

France’s Macron raises curtain on election alliance to beat Le Pen

Charles Platiau/Reuters   By Brian Love and Michel Rose France’s presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right’s Marine Le Pen.

Fears at Munich: The Mattis Pitch on NATO

EPA photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “Ladies and gentlemen, the Transatlantic bond remains our strongest bulwark against instability and Russia.” US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Feb 17, 2017

Nationalism: Russian Hybrid Warfare

By Cynthia M. Lardner

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

By Cynthia M. Lardner   A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Well done Mrs May?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I think the people of the United Kingdom owe a huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs May for representing us all as a Country whom she leads as our Prime Minister, for the dignity and diplomacy she portrayed during her visit to meet the President of The United States.

Observations of an Expat: And So It Begins

Drew Angerer/AFP   By Tom Arms And so it begins. Or at least it will on Friday January 20th when Donald Trump stands on the steps of the US Capitol building, places his hand on The Bible and swears to protect and uphold the constitution of the United States.

Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara gallery

Hasim Kilic/Reuters   By Umit Bektas, Orhan Coskun and Tuvan Gumrukcu The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.

Who are you friends with today?

AFP photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi   In Politics you don’t have friends or foes, you have only Opportunity! Opportunity!! & Opportunity!!!

Observations of an Expat: And the Winner is…

By Tom Arms It’s official. The winner of the US presidential elections is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I hear you. Putin’s name was nowhere near the ballot papers. It was Clinton versus Trump and a few also rans.

The Existential Threat

Francois Lenoir/Reuters   By Ricardo Swire Today’s global security environment is the most unpredictable in half a century. Wars are usually fought to change regimes, alter borders, acquire resources and impose ideologies, almost never to completely eliminate another State and its people.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Our Uncertain and Unstable World

By Cynthia M. Lardner It’s a deeply foreboding feeling knowing that world global stability and security are rapidly devolving. Even before the uncanny election of Donald Trump and his unpredictability as the presumed President-Elect, world leaders were already concerned about increased isolationism, a tipping of the economic scale from the West to the East, innumerable […]

Moral values, establishment and society

Reuters photo   By Shahper Hassan The fear of being attacked and the country’s overall economic condition were the reasons the establishment in Pakistan wanted to divert the attention of US/NATO forces and the international community to somewhere else.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Putin’s backing the Afghani Taliban

AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner Many different radicalized extremist groups operate in Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. While ISIS and the Taliban share an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam with the avowed purpose of advancing radicalized Islam, the difference stops there. Whereas ISIS and al-Qaeda have adopted a global jihad against […]

Observations of an Expat: Pax Americana—The End

AP photo   By Tom Arms It is the beginning of the end of Pax Americana. For 71 years the world has sheltered under the wings of the American eagle. The result has been one of the longest periods of prolonged peace, prosperity and political advancement in world history.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: The Pakistani-India Conflict

Indranil Mukherjee/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: God Bless, Not Bash, America

By Cynthia M. Lardner   Prologue   Having been an American expat living in the Netherlands for a year now, I have listened to vociferous criticism of the United States. There seems to exist an international sentiment that the U.S. is singularly responsible for resolving every conflict and handling every crisis. One recent article went […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Vladimir Putin’s MENA

Joseph Eid/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner The Russian Federation is no longer the superpower as that term was defined post-World War II. After the illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggressions in Ukraine, the West suspended Russia’s G8 membership and imposed vast economic sanctions devastating the ruble. By most accounts this left Russia a […]

Britannia Rules the Waves – Or do we?

By Hazel Speed Not long since we have watched The Last Night of The Proms with all our UK Patriotic Anthems still ringing in our ears (though always in our hearts), we hear yet of a further warning by top military brass that there are gaps in our capability to meet any serious military attacks […]

A Beacon of Justice, Security and Rule of Law: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Frank Augstein/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is widely viewed as the most powerful woman not only in the EU but in the world. Today, Ms. Merkel is confronted with widespread criticism primarily from fringe groups in Germany threatening Germany’s long-standing status as being a leader in justice, security and […]

Why Vladimir Putin Favours Hillary Clinton in the American Presidential Campaign

AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner While the Trump campaign has vociferously applauded the Kremlin and its alleged support, the reality is that the joke is on Donald Trump. The other reality is that Moscow would much prefer to deal Secretary Clinton as president.

European Army

Hani Youssef   By Hazel Speed If it was not for the seriousness of the topic herein it would have been the source of a smile for those who voted for Brexit. The United Kingdom, apparently, would not ultimately be missed by the rest of Europe yet it will take the formation of an Army of […]

Trump, Putin, Russia, DNC/Clinton Hack, & WikiLeaks

Andrew Harnik/AP   By Brian Frydenborg   “There’s Something Going on” with Election 2016 & it’s cyberwarfare & maybe worse   A close look at the tangled web of relationships involving Trump, his Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his campaign in general, Putin, Russia, and WikiLeaks in light of the DNC and Clinton-aimed related hacking is […]

Observations of an Expat: Erdogan and Putin cosy up

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms What is Erdogan up to? Whatever it is, it has Putin turning cartwheels through the Kremlin corridors.