Defence and security

03-06-2020

Has COVID-19 increased the threat of bioterrorism in Europe?

As the global struggle to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerability of global societies to biological threats, both natural and manmade, experts have warned of a potential increase in the use of biological weapons, like viruses or bacteria, in a post-coronavirus world.
03-06-2020

Russia revamps its nuclear policy amid simmering tensions with NATO

President Vladimir Putin approved a strategic document on the fundamentals of Russia’s nuclear deterrence policy on Tuesday (2 June), naming the creation and deployment of anti-missile and strike weapons in space as one of the main military threats to Russia....
29-05-2020

SEDE rapporteur: EU badly needs common rules, transparency in arms export

The EU is currently the second-largest arms supplier in the world, after the US and before Russia, and a new European Parliament report by MEP Hannah Neumann (Greens) is set to urge the Commission and member states to address concerns over the lack of transparency and common arms export rules across the bloc.
28-05-2020

Disarmament expert: EU isn’t doing enough on arms control

Europe is a hotspot for nuclear weapons and has put the safety of its citizens in the hands of Trump and Putin. Instead, it needs to take the lead in the campaign towards nuclear disarmament, Beatrice Fihn told EURACTIV in...
28-05-2020

US military says Russia flew 14 MiG 29s and Su-24s to Libya

Russian military personnel flew MiG 29 and SU-24 fighter planes to a Libyan airbase escorted by other Russian fighter jets, the US military said on Wednesday (27 May), detailing a deployment of air power that could have a big impact on Libya’s war.
27-05-2020

Defence and security win battle but not war, in EU budget plans

While the new EU budget proposal charts an improvement from the European Commission’s previously planned outlay for the bloc’s defence initiatives, it still remains far from original ambitions. On Wednesday (27 May), the European Commission increased the total financial firepower...
Digital 26-05-2020

EU police forces to employ anti-drone guns ‘illegal’ in the US

EU police forces are set to roll out Australian-made anti-drone weaponry, in order to help eliminate national security threats. However, the technology in question is prohibited by federal law in the United States.
22-05-2020

The Brief – Make arms control sexy again

The world woke up a bit less secure this morning as the global superpowers launched yet another round of nuclear poker. The Open Skies Treaty is the third major security agreement that is going to bite the dust - and it might well not be the last one.
22-05-2020

US withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty takes European allies by surprise

Washington announced on Thursday (21 May) it would withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies Treaty, allowing unarmed surveillance flights over signatory states, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of yet another major global landmark accord.
20-05-2020

Debate to relocate US nuclear weapons to Poland irks Russia

Some US officials are eyeing Poland as a new home to the US nuclear arsenal in Europe, after German Social Democrats reopened the debate about whether the country should remain under Washington’s protective nuclear umbrella. And the latest twist has already displeased Russia, Poland's mighty eastern neighbour.
14-05-2020

US ambassador accuses Germany of ‘eroding’ NATO solidarity

In an op-ed published this morning (14 May) in the German newspaper Die Welt, US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell had strong words for the country’s leadership regarding its NATO commitments. EURACTIV Germany reports.
13-05-2020

Armed drones contentious in German disarmament debate

Germany has reopened a controversial debate over whether its armed forces should be trusted to operate armed drones. While an agreement seems far off, the debate could soon get a European twist.
13-05-2020

Europe’s defence budget up in the air amid COVID-19 recovery spending

EU countries should avoid slashing defence spending under pressure from the economic fallout of the coronavirus, the EU’s chief diplomat Joseph Borrell said on Tuesday (13 May), warning that the COVID-19 crisis could spark unforeseen security challenges.
07-05-2020

Russian COVID-19 aid to Italy: PR stunt or covert operation?

Russia’s aid operation to Italy over the Covid-19 crisis was named “From Russia with Love”, after a James Bond movie. Ironically, what was assumed to be a public relations stunt looks more like espionage, according to sources quoted by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
07-05-2020

Strategic security implications due to COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 will cause us to reconsider what composes a security threat and have major implication on strategic security, writes Vira Ratsiborynska.
06-05-2020

SPD leadership reignites German debate on US nuclear weapons

Germany should "exclude the stationing of US nuclear weapons in the future," Rolf Mützenich, the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) in the Bundestag, has demanded. Foreign minister Heiko Maas has hit back, but other Socialist politicians intend to question Germany's role in NATO's nuclear strategy.
06-05-2020

UN Peacekeepers must stay the course

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, overstretched UN peacekeepers—civilian, military,  and police —were a thin blue line helping to protect civilians, support peace agreements and contain conflicts in hot spots and war zones across the globe, write Atul Khare and Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
05-05-2020

Finland’s possible NATO membership remains red flag for Russia

Even if Russia has said that it is up to Finland to decide on its possible NATO membership, such a decision would still have negative implications for the bilateral relations, according to a study commissioned by the previous Finnish government and published on Monday (4 May).
05-05-2020

Will the EU fight for peace or prepare for war? It can’t have it both ways

The EU bears a huge responsibility for what the future will look like, and has a key choice to make: work for sustainable peace by seriously tackling the root causes of conflicts, or continue the path to militarism and prepare for war, writes Laëtitia Sédou
Central Asia 04-05-2020

Kazakhstan fends off allegations it is developing biological weapons

Kazakhstan is not developing biological weapons or researching their possible use against other countries, its ministry of foreign affairs said on Saturday (2 May), denying allegations circulated in Russian and domestic media that the country is working on biological weapons similar to COVID-19
28-04-2020

US imposes new rules on exports to China to keep them from its military

The United States said on Monday (27 April) it will impose new restrictions on exports to China to keep semiconductor production equipment and other technology away from Beijing’s military.
27-04-2020

European defence should not be the casualty of ‘the Great Lockdown’

Europe is currently facing an unprecedented sanitary crisis, which will have gigantic economic consequences and could turn into a severe depression. A group of defence experts argue that defence should be included in the critical sectors as the EU renegotiates its next long-term budget that will seek to boost recovery.
27-04-2020

Military spending saw biggest increase in a decade in 2019

Global military expenditure saw its biggest uptick in a decade in 2019 rising to $1.9 trillion, according to the latest survey by the Swedish Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published on Monday (27 April), marking the first year two Asian countries were among the top three spenders.
22-04-2020

The EU must adopt a concerted effort to protect peace processes

As Europe takes tentative steps to ease the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, it cannot neglect the virus’ potential to wreak havoc in the poorest and most fragile states around the world, writes Michael Keating. Michael Keating is the executive director of...
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