Tag: NATO

The Danger of Unfinished Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan

Although it is not entirely clear how Afghanistan’s newly-formed unity government will function on a day-to-day basis, the arrangement is nonetheless considered a political victory. While a political catastrophe has been headed off for now, a stubborn security crisis is worsening by the day and the glow from this historic achievement is likely to wear off soon.

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The 2014 NATO Summit: President Putin’s Take

Since rereading the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit Declaration issued in Cardiff, Wales, David Law aims to put himself in President Putin’s place in order to understand how Putin, directly or through his advisors, would react to the Declaration. This article is an attempt at this exercise.

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Re-assessing Post-Cold War Assumptions after Russia’s Gambit in Ukraine

Since April 2014, Russia had been waging a proxy war in eastern Ukraine. Although no war was officially declared, Russia’s covert and overt support was crucial in financing, equipping, providing personnel, and supplying intelligence to the pro-Russian separatists. Russia’s fateful decision to undertake a direct military incursion into southeastern Ukraine has turned what was previously only a proxy war into something undeniably real.

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Understanding Russia’s Proxy War in Eastern Ukraine

While no war has officially been declared by Moscow, Russia’s covert and increasingly overt support has been crucial in financing, equipping, providing personnel, and supplying intelligence to the pro-Russian separatists. But it was not until rebels shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 with a Russian-supplied BUK surface-to-air missile, that many in Western media and policy circles began to acknowledge Moscow’s significant support for the pro-Russian separatists.

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NATO and Security Governance: A Return to Collective Defence?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) overall approach to security governance shifted twice during the course of the War on Terror. In response to new geopolitical pressures, NATO adopted a strategic stance that prioritized two different forms of out-of-area operations. A third shift, provoked by the crisis in Ukraine and an increasingly hostile Russia, is now arguably underway.

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Planning for “What’s Next”: The Annexation Shock and its Impact on SSR in Ukraine

Among the pressing security concerns of the day (Nigeria, Syria, Afghanistan, and the South China Sea stand out most prominently), Ukraine continues to dominate discussions across the North Atlantic. With continuous Russian pressure and Ukraine’s internal problems in its east, what institutional changes might be possible within the Ukrainian government, and within the security apparatus more specifically?

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Libya’s Governance Crisis

Libya is facing an ongoing governance crisis. The transitional government put in place after the NATO-assisted uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi succeeded in conducting elections and putting together an electoral process for the constitution drafting committee. However, violence continues despite the free elections of July 2012.

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