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Conflict in Donbass can be settled despite ceasefire violations

Conflict in Donbass can be settled despite ceasefire violations

UKRAINIAN leaders should stop claiming that their country has been drawn into a ‘real’ inter-state [...]

Iran’s growing influence in the South Caucasus poses a challenge to Moscow

Iran’s growing influence in the South Caucasus poses a challenge to Moscow

THE SOUTH Caucasus, consisting of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, sits at a crucial geographical [...]

Nato sabre-rattling risks antagonising the bear

Nato sabre-rattling risks antagonising the bear

AUGUST 1, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Accords, designed to [...]

President Putin leads Russia into a bear trap in Ukraine

President Putin leads Russia into a bear trap in Ukraine

RUSSIA has changed the entire post-Cold War setup in the international arena, based on the idea of [...]

US forces in Europe cut back despite possible Russian threat

US forces in Europe cut back despite possible Russian threat

THE UNITED STATES has been the guarantor of Europe’s safety since the end of World War II. But now [...]

Saudi-led buildup of ADF erects new bulwark against threats to Sunni states

Saudi-led buildup of ADF erects new bulwark against threats to Sunni states

THE CREATION of an Arab Defence Force (ADF) marks the emergence of a Saudi-led coalition ready to [...]

Russia’s Baltic strategy puts high pressure on Nato

Russia’s Baltic strategy puts high pressure on Nato

FROM a strictly military standpoint, Russia has achieved the upper hand in the Baltic Sea region. [...]

Mariupol - a pawn in a much bigger game

Mariupol - a pawn in a much bigger game

IN EASTERN Ukraine heavy weapons have been brought back into the prohibited zone and shelling has [...]

China’s military challenges in the face of a slowing economy

China’s military challenges in the face of a slowing economy

THE PRESENT-DAY image of China's military is one of a nation's armed forces undergoing rapidly [...]

US defence spending levels raise questions about global influence

US defence spending levels raise questions about global influence

AMERICA is spending nearly US$500 billion to sustain normal daily running costs for its defence [...]

Why Nato is a necessary force for the future

Why Nato is a necessary force for the future

SINCE 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) has played a direct role in keeping the [...]

Russia no match for Nato despite massive military upgrade

Russia no match for Nato despite massive military upgrade

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin doubled the number of troops taking part in snap military drills [...]

Defence deals see a major shift in Indian-US relations

Defence deals see a major shift in Indian-US relations

INDIA is enhancing its military and security ties with the United States - the world’s largest arms [...]

Tensions mount in Balkans as Russia develops its influence

Tensions mount in Balkans as Russia develops its influence

FEARS of an eastern crisis spreading towards the Balkans during 2015 have mounted since the first [...]

India moves to establish Indian Ocean role

India moves to establish Indian Ocean role

A JOINT ‘strategic vision’ document on the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific was one outcome from US [...]

Russia turns up the heat on Ukraine

Russia turns up the heat on Ukraine

A RENEWED rebel offensive has begun in eastern Ukraine. Casualties are rising and the United [...]

US defence chief’s biggest battles will be at home not abroad

US defence chief’s biggest battles will be at home not abroad

ASHTON CARTER is preparing for one of the world’s toughest jobs. He will face a Senate hearing in [...]

Security the key in China’s Afghan treasure hunt

Security the key in China’s Afghan treasure hunt

CHINA has a strategic eye on Afghanistan. As Western forces prepare to leave the ‘Graveyard of [...]

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