The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a new report[pdf] showing that in the first quarter of 2019, NATO and pro-government troops in Afghanistan were responsible for more civilian deaths than Taliban fighters. While pro-government forces killed 305 civilians, the Taliban and other insurgent groups killed 227.
Despite US pressure, Turkey is not changing its mind on its decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile-defense systems. The US has put its planned sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey on hold because it fear that the use of a Russian missile-defense system by Turkey, a NATO ally,
On Tuesday, NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is launching Locked Shields 2019, a massive four-day defense exercise held in Estonia in which over 1,000 cybersecurity experts will be defending a fictional country from highly disruptive cyberattacks on critical infrastructure while elections are taking place. In addition to NATO’s
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that NATO needs to change its focus in order to “confront emerging threats” including “Russian aggression, uncontrolled migration, cyberattacks, threats to energy security, Chinese strategic competition” and other issues. He specifically mentioned 5G technology in relation to the Chinese threat.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday told members of Congress that the threat of “a more assertive Russia” requires members of the alliance to “overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the future,” adding that “[w]e face unprecedented challenges – challenges no one nation
On Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Trump in order to celebrate the alliance’s 70th anniversary and to discuss important issues like Russia and Trump’s insistence that NATO allies spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense. During the meeting, Trump stated that he believes that
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established on 4 April 1949, which means that the military alliance is turning 70 this week. For this occasion, POLITICO has asked various experts to project how NATO will evolve in the next 10 years. According to James Stavridis, NATO’s former Supreme Allied Commander
According to US and European officials, the Trump Administration wants NATO to start focusing on threats coming from China, even though the alliance was primarily designed to deter Russia. Under President Trump, the US has started to prioritize China as a major threat over other threats like Islamic terrorism. In
US officials believe the US may soon put its planned sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey on hold over Turkey’s recent decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile-defense systems despite US warnings. The US is concerned that the use of a Russian missile-defense system by Turkey, a NATO ally,
Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili believes that recent reports of a new Russian policy demanding international naval ships to notify the Kremlin of journeys along the Northern Sea Route 45 days in advance, may indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning another land grab similar to Russia’s annexation of