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North Korea’s nuclear pause: grist for both doves and hawks

By Robert E Kelly on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“For the North Koreans, the principle of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula does not mean unilateral disarmament,” said Joshua Pollack, the editor of the Nonproliferation Review, and a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. “They couch it in terms of global disarmament.” In doing so, Pollack noted, the North Korean regime copied the language used by Beijing when China announced its own moratorium on…

A new cover for NATO presence in Europe

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, April 23, 2018

A tremendously dangerous situation in global politics that we have right now, forces experts to analyze not only US-Russia relations but NATO-Russia relations as well. It is well known that on April 1, 2014 NATO unanimously decided to suspend cooperation with the Russian Federation, in response to the Ukraine crisis. Since then misunderstanding has become even worse. NATO and Russia start to fortify their borders deploying more troop, military equipment…

Comey’s ‘Book Represents Anger at Being Fired’ by Trump

By Roger Smith on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Former FBI director James Comey has released a book entitled, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership” bashing the Trump administration. Radio Sputnik discussed this with Roger Smith, Professor of Political science and Associate Dean for Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Roger Smith: It certainly represents Comey’s anger at being fired by the President. The accuracy of all the particular claims is hard to assess. There’s no doubt…

China Conducts War Games, and Taiwan Is the Target

By Austin Ramzy on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

China carried out live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its state news media reported, an exercise intended to show the growing strength of its navy and deliver a message to self-governed Taiwan, which China claims as its territory. The war games were the first in the Taiwan Strait since 2016, Chinese state television reported. They were held in a two-square-mile area that includes two islets off the…

Why Germany didn’t join the Syria strikes

By Leonid Bershidsky on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s line on the latest Syrian crisis is a smart compromise between domestic stability and loyalty to the U.S. Former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has mockingly remarked that the German government’s decision to back the U.S., British and French strikes in Syria with rhetoric but not with missiles “has shown once again that it’s a grandmaster of dialectics.” U.S. President Donald Trump may snort in agreement. But Chancellor Angela…

Useless battalions for the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, April 13, 2018

“The presence of NATO multinational battalion-size groups in the Baltic states completely excludes the possibility of repeating a “Crimean scenario” in the region.” This opinion was expressed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Ottawa last week. As we know, NATO member states decided to enhance the Alliance’s presence in the Baltic states and Poland with four multinational battalion-size groups in July 2016. This move was intended…

5 Deadly Russian Weapons of War NATO Should Fear in a Fight

By Robert Farley on Thursday, April 12, 2018

As they now exist, Russian special forces represent a major problem for the West at all levels of escalation.  In the event of conflict, we could expect Russian special forces to operate at various stages of the conflict, as they have during the Ukraine crisis.  If war develops over a border dispute between Russia and one of the Baltics, we will undoubtedly find Russian special operators there ahead of us. In…

‘America will not engage in a huge military entanglement’

By Henning Riecke on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The United States is considering a military strike in Syria to retaliate for a suspected regime chemical gas attack. Henning Riecke, of the German Council on Foreign Relations, says Donald Trump faces a major dilemma. Henning Riecke: One option is larger military engagement towards Syria and to change the military balance there. The goal would be to fight back against Assad and to eventually enforce regime change. There have been…

In the Baltic summit Trump signaled his desire to meet Putin

By Linas Jegelevičius on Friday, April 6, 2018

Following the Baltic leaders’ White House visit early this week, the majority of Lithuanian political analysts hurried to praise Donald Trump, the eccentric President of the United States, for his reaffirmation of the U.S.’s unwavering support to the Baltic States. Perhaps only analyst Kęstutis Girnius cast doubt on the sincerity of the U.S. leader, saying that Trump used the visit for domestic politics first.