US President Trump has pledged "lasting support" to the UK after his first meeting with PM May. Trump reiterated his belief that torture works but will defer the decision on its use to Defense Secretary Mattis.
"Next year could be the most consequential for Europe since the Berlin Wall fell, or maybe even since the end of World War II," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for TIME. "It is no exaggeration to say that the European Union's future lies in the balance."
For Swedish defense and security community, the People and Defense (Folk och Försvar) annual weekend-long get-together in the middle of Swedish nowhere (more precisely, in the beautiful Dalarna town of Sälen), is what the Munich Security Conference is for the best and the brightest of Western defense policy cognoscenti; the place to see and to be seen, and to hear the latest on Swedish defense policy directly from the top.
Russia, Poland and the Baltic States get the worst of it
On 17 and 18 January 2017, the NATO Chiefs of Defence gathered for the 176th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session (MCCS) at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The meetings included discussions on improving NATO’s Command Structure, continuing defence & deterrence measures, projecting stability through Counter Terrorism projects and the continued support of the Resolute Support Mission. NATO Chiefs of Defence also met with Partner Nations to share views on regional security and enhanced cooperation. The MCCS concluded with a session dedicated to Russia and its relationship towards NATO.
President Donald Trump signed his first executive order Friday, shortly after being inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, directing federal agencies to ease regulations associated with former President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law.
Afghanistan’s defence and security forces face enormous challenges. They are countering an insurgency of well-equipped guerrilla fighters, who enjoy the unconditional support of organised crime, international terrorists and some neighboring countries. They are on the front line of the fight against terrorist groups including Al-Qaida, so-called Islamic State and the Haqqani Network. Moreover – as Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said repeatedly – for fourteen years Afghanistan has been in an undeclared war with Pakistan. And it’s also believed that the country continues to be the proxy battleground for India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers.
Warsaw is nervous about Russian aggression in Eastern Europe following the annexation of Crimea.
Cameron is lined up to be the UK's candidate as head of Nato after Britain pledged to play a greater role following the Brexit vote
David Cameron is being lined up as a contender to be the next secretary general of Nato.
Joint Op-Ed by President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg