The Myth of Fastest Growing Nuclear Arsenal

By Syed Sadam Hussain

For anyone who has read ‘A Normal Nuclear Pakistan’ by Michael Krepon and Toby Delton this story will be familiar. Michael Krepon and Toby Delton predominantly talk about the inability of Pakistan to improve its credentials for non-proliferation. In their view Pakistan should reduce or stop its fissile material production.  READ MORE


"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." READ MORE

Swedish Defense and Security Policy: Tremors Under the Surface?

By Pauli Järvenpää

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. READ MORE

Deputy FM Discusses Peace, Security and Sustainable Development at UN

Kazakh Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Ashikbayev participated in Jan. 23-24 United Nations discussions in New York on the synergy of peace, security and sustainable development. READ MORE

Ukraine hopes for China

By Jakub Taras

Ukraine hopes to attract Chinese to the process of settlement in the Donbass. This follows from the official statement of the presidential press service on the basis of the talks held in Davos, Petro Poroshenko and leader Xi Jinping. In what format can connect China to resolve the conflict, not reported. The main question - to succeed in the new situation prevailing in the world, save the "Norman format" and the Minsk process. READ MORE

Interactive Missile Map Reveals How Messy a NATO-Russia War Would Be


Russia, Poland and the Baltic States get the worst of it READ MORE

The Case for a Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

By Francesco Calogero

A comment on the United Nations General Assembly initiative to forbid nuclear weapons for humanitarian reasons, proffered by F. Calogero in response to a request by the London main office of the European Leadership Network (ELN). READ MORE

From Warsaw Summit to Brussels Summit, NATO Chiefs of Defence discuss ongoing work

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. READ MORE

Iran to get natural uranium batch from Russia

Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact. READ MORE

Watchful Waiting on European Security


The state of European security may dramatically worsen in 2017 if the worrying trends of 2016 continue. Observers should watch for four big and consistent problems. READ MORE

February 2017