July 2016

A newly confident and audacious Germany

By Constanze Stelzenműller

Germany’s neighbors and allies mostly concede that the country has taken responsibility for the horrors of its past. What they really worry about is what course it charts for the future. As Europe’s largest economy and its de facto leader, as well as the United States’ current partner of choice on the continent, Germany’s actions are of consequence not only to itself. Or as Poland’s then-Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski memorably said in Berlin in 2011 : “I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.”

Russia and NATO after the Warsaw Summit

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The NATO summit in Warsaw marked an important stage in the evolution of NATO countries’ military and political planning and in the evolution of the alliance as a whole. Officials from the NATO states and the Alliance itself compared the Warsaw Summit in its significance to the summits held when bipolar confrontation was coming to an end: to the 1990 London Summit and to the 1991 Rome Summit. Warsaw Summit documents and statements made on the summit’s sidelines sound, as never before, like harsh answers to a perceived threat. In this sense, NATO has come closer to Russia whose rhetoric had changed in this regard years ago.

Successor SSBN: a Necessary Strategic Decision for the UK Parliament

By John Gower

The time is long overdue for Parliament to take its vote on the main investment decision to build the four successor SSBN to replace the now ageing Vanguard class. Having delegated its democratically elected leadership responsibilities over the UK’s membership of the EU it must make this equally strategic decision for the country in this session. At stake is not only the bedrock of the security of the UK and her national interests, but those of our Allies in NATO and further afield.

Medvedev, Swiss president discuss prospects of EAEU-EFTA free trade zone

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann have discussed the prospects of the talks on a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), a participant in the talks held on the sidelines of the ASEM summit in Mongolia on Friday has told reporters.

TRANSPORT CORRIDOR WITH DIFFERENT OPTIONS

By Arthur Dunn

Everybody knows , China is a quiet expansion in the world, including the Central Asian region. And if the success of expansion, for example, in Kazakhstan, impede the stable political situation in the country and the strong influence of Russia, these reasons are much weaker in neighboring Kyrgyzstan. In this country there are still echoes of the revolutionary events, conducted an internal clan struggle in the country occupy a strong position in extremist religious organizations. The same great level of corruption, which enhances the effects of manipulation of the players in this struggle.

National Cyber Security Centre inaugurated in Vilnius

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On July 12 the National Cyber Security Centre was officially opened in Vilnius. The function of the Centre is to ensure centralisation of protection of cyberspace at national level. “The changing security environment highlights the need for cyber security. Experience shows that the number of cyberattacks in the country is increasing, while their effect on people’s lives may grow even further. The National Cyber Security Centre opened today strengthens its capabilities, cooperates closely and provides assistance to other institutions in private and public sectors,” Minister of National Defence J.Olekas said at the inauguration ceremony.