March 2016

NATO and Kuwait take cooperation to a new level

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed closer cooperation between the Alliance and Kuwait during his first official visit to Kuwait on 29 February 2016. Speaking at the site of the future NATO-Kuwait Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Kuwait’s commitment and vision in bringing NATO closer to the Gulf region. As the Alliance’s first presence in the Gulf, the NATO-ICI Regional Centre will be a hub for NATO’s practical cooperation with Kuwait and other ICI partners, as well as Saudi Arabia and Oman. 

EU-Iran relations: the next 15 years

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By Tarja Cronberg

The deal to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is being implemented. Iranian centrifuges have been dismantled; enriched uranium has been shipped to Russia; the Chinese are rebuilding the heavy water reactor; and the UN and EU sanctions have been lifted. Billions of Iran´s frozen assets are being released. The deal is so far going according to plan. The EU can be proud of its initiative to start negotiations with Iran in 2003. These efforts have effectively prevented a military strike on Iran´s nuclear facilities with potential catastrophic consequences for a region already in turmoil.