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A long way: Russian military reform – Part 1

by Patrick Truffer (originally published in German). He has been working in the Swiss Armed Forces for more than 15 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich), and … Continue reading

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55. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?

Zwischen dem 15. und dem 17. Februar 2019 fand die 55. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz statt. Gleichzeitig veröffentlichten die Konferenzorganisatoren das 5. Mal den sehr lesenswerten “Munich Security Report“. Mit dem Untertitel “The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?” vergleicht … Continue reading

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Ein weiter Weg: Die russische Militärreform – Teil 2

von Patrick Truffer (an English version follows later). Er arbeitet seit über 15 Jahren in der Schweizer Armee, verfügt über einen Bachelor in Staatswissenschaften der ETH Zürich und über einen Master in Internationale Beziehungen der Freien Universität Berlin. Dieser Artikel … Continue reading

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Was NATO’s eastward expansion a broken promise?

Dieser Artikel ist auch in Deutsch verfügbar. [The West] have lied to us many times, made decisions behind our backs, placed us before an accomplished fact. This happened with NATO’s expansion to the East, as well as the deployment of … Continue reading

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The Middle East in Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons Capabilities

by Israel Rafalovich. He is a journalist based in Brussel, who has 50 years of experience including international postings in Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Germany and Washington,DC The Middle East is likely to face more instability in the near future and the … Continue reading

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54. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz – Schwierige Zeiten für Rüstungskontrolle und nukleare Abrüstung

Der diesjährige Munich Security Report — ein Grundlagenpapier, welches vor der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz veröffentlicht wird — zeichnet ein düsteres Bild der Weltlage auf. Der mit der Wahl von US-Präsident Donald Trump vollzogene ideologische Rückzug der USA wird langfristige Konsequenzen auf … Continue reading

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Zapad 2017 demonstrates the modernisation of the Russian armed forces

by Patrick Truffer. He has been working in the Swiss Armed Forces for more than 15 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich), and a master’s degree in … Continue reading

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Assad and the Russians turned their noses up at Raqqa operation

by Paul Iddon. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backer were extremely dismissive towards the United States-backed operation that is removing Islamic State (ISIS) from the group’s de-facto Syrian capital city Raqqa. At first, in last April he mocked … Continue reading

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Is Cairo cosying up to Moscow?

by Paul Iddon Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s rise to power was not warmly welcomed by Washington. The ex-army chief had deposed his predecessor, Mohammad Morsi, in July 2013 leading to a series of bloody crackdowns during that summer. US … Continue reading

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Russia’s second faux drawdown from Syria

by Paul Iddon. On January 6, 2017 Moscow announced for the second time in less than a year that it is partially withdrawing its forces from Syria (the fist announcement was in March 2016). This time the Russians said their … Continue reading

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