03 Apr 2019

With Trump, NATO Chief Tries to Navigate Spending Minefields

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

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03 Apr 2019

NATO at 70: Where next?

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

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21 Mar 2019

Trump Wants NATO’s Eyes on China

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

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21 Mar 2019

U.S. may soon pause preparations for delivering F-35s to Turkey

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,

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15 Mar 2019

Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.

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

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15 Mar 2019

NATO weighing whether Huawei poses security threat

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the alliance is looking into concerns of the US and certain other member states about the security risks of the potential use of Huawei telecommunications equipment in the establishment of 5G networks in member states. Stoltenberg said that “NATO takes these concerns very

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14 Mar 2019

Turkey and US head to new crisis over Ankara’s S-400 purchase

Turkey’s recent decision to follow through with its planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile-defense systems despite US warnings has severely strained relations between the two countries and analysts believe that it may lead Washington to reconsider whether Turkey should remain part of NATO. The US government strongly discouraged Turkey from

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06 Mar 2019

NATO seeks to bolster Ukraine defences amid ‘Russian aggression’

In a speech to the US Congress, the NATO commander for Europe stated that he aims to help Ukraine defend itself against increasing Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and in the Black Sea. Last year, Russia seized three Ukrainian ships while they were trying to pass the Kerch Strait that

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21 Feb 2019

NATO troops got catfished & honeypotted on social media, revealing serious vulnerabilities

NATO has carried out an internal cyber security experiment to test the extent to which its troops could be identified and influenced during an exercise by means of social media data. A report on the experiment mentioned that the researchers “identified a significant amount of people taking part in the exercise and

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11 Feb 2019

Here’s how Russia could still sabotage Macedonia’s plans to join NATO

Nearly thirty years after the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War, many countries caught up in Russia’s regional influence are still struggling to “pick a side.” In North Macedonia (until recently, just “Macedonia”), politicians have been working towards NATO membership for many years, an effort

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