August 2016

The 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit: Will It Improve NATO's Deterrence Posture?

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By Josh Arnold-Forster

In 2014 President Obama told an Estonian audience: ‘Article 5 is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if, in such a moment, you ever ask again, “who will come to help,” you’ll know the answer -- the NATO Alliance, including the Armed Forces of the United States of America...We’ll be here for Estonia. We will be here for Latvia. We will be here for Lithuania. You lost your independence once before. With NATO, you will never lose it again.’

Kazakhstan Has Led by Example on Nuclear Disarmament, Renowned Expert Says

“Building a Nuclear Weapon Free World”, the international conference to be held Aug. 29, has attracted senior figures from nations that possess nuclear weapons, as well as non-nuclear states. The conference will bring together parliamentarians, representatives of international organisations, civil activists, scholars, as well as mayors and media from around the world.

Defence Minister: Finland wants defence pact before US elects new President

Finland would like to sign off on a proposed defence cooperation agreement with the United States before Americans elect a new President, says Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö. However the minister told Reuters news agency that he believes bilateral cooperation between Finland and the US will continue regardless of who enters the White House after the November election.

Russia is now a threat. The U.S. should treat it like one.

By David J. Kramer

The next president should recognize that Russia under Vladimir Putin is an authoritarian, kleptocratic regime that poses a serious threat to our values, interests and allies. We should contain and deter Russian aggression by reassuring our NATO allies that we will defend them, fulfilling the collective-defense guarantees of Article 5 and reaffirming our support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and aspirations of Russia’s neighbors to join NATO or the European Union. We must also support those living inside Russia who are struggling for a better, more democratic future.

G20 summit's gift will be long-term view

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By FERIDE INAN

A backload of issues will be addressed at next month's G20 Leaders' Summit in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province. At a time when the world economy is struggling to recover from global financial crisis, still showing a low growth trajectory and high unemployment, the G20 is striving to turn itself from immediate crisis management to a mechanism for establishing long term governance strategies for better macroeconomic coordination and cooperation to prevent future crises.

ATOM Project Calls for Moment of Silence on August 29, 25th Anniversary of Closure of Nuclear Test Site

The ATOM Project (Abolish Testing: Our Mission) is calling for a moment of silence on August 29, the UN International Day against Nuclear Tests, to honour all victims of nuclear weapons testing. On this day Kazakhstan and the international community will mark the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site.