Returning foreign fighters
14 Jul. 2017With the defeat in Mosul and the noose tightening around Daesh’s stronghold in Raqqa, the tide has begun to reverse and the steady trickle of returnees is beginning to pick up pace. Two experts at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in The Hague look at ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ approaches to dealing with them.
Tackling the surge of returning foreign fighters
14 Jul. 2017Reflecting public threat perceptions, ‘hard approaches’ towards foreign fighter returnees, emphasising prosecution and long prison sentences, remain popular. But Alastair Reed and Johanna Pohl of the International Center for Counter Terrorism in The Hague argue that such approaches fail to address the entirety of the problem and need to be augmented by ‘soft’ approaches that focus on prevention and rehabilitation.
Hybrid influence – lessons from Finland
28 Jun. 2017Finland has a long history of being a small state living next to a huge and increasingly assertive neighbour, Russia. Two Finnish experts share some of the lessons Finland has learned in recent years.
13 Jun. 2017Radoslava Stefanova, Head of NATO’s Russia and Ukraine Relations Section, looks back with regret to the honeymoon days of NATO-Russia relations and asks what options remain in the aftermath of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and continued aggression on Ukraine.
A personal take on NATO-Russia relations
13 Jun. 2017Fifteen years after the NATO-Russia Council was established, Radoslava Stefanova, Head of NATO’s Russia and Ukraine Relations Section, looks back in disappointment at how the high hopes for the NATO-Russia partnership have been dashed.
The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty: reasons for skepticism
19 May. 2017Current efforts to ban nuclear weapons will be ineffective and risk undermining the non-proliferation regime, which could have dangerous consequences – Michael Rühle of NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division explains.
Russian intelligence is at (political) war
12 May. 2017It would be a mistake to see the Russian security and intelligence services as analogues of those of the West. Mark Galeotti, a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague stresses that ''in terms of their missions, interactions and mindsets, they are on a wartime footing.''
Sharing the burden of keeping Europe whole, free and at peace
05 May. 2017Measuring fair burden-sharing is more complicated than it seems,” says Alexander Mattelaer of the Egmont Institute. He takes a closer look at this issue, which is a hot topic of debate in the run up to the meeting of Allied leaders on 25 May in Brussels.
Ukraine three years on: a basis for optimism
10 Mar. 2017Three years after the appearance of ‘little green men’ – a prelude to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its so-called hybrid war in the Donbas – James Sherr of Chatham House looks at the issues at stake and the challenges ahead.
Rethinking the way we do anti-corruption
08 Dec. 2016In the past five years, an EU-funded project set out to assess the success of anti-corruption efforts. Generally speaking, the news is not good. Most simple tools promoted by international anti-corruption efforts do not seem to work.
What can we learn today from the ‘three wise men’?
05 Dec. 2016In the turbulent world of 2016, many of the fundamentals of transatlantic cooperation and western liberalism are being questioned. Learn why the recommendations of NATO’s ‘three wise men’ aimed at strengthening unity within the Alliance are still relevant today, 60 years later.
Cyber resilience: protecting NATO’s nervous system
12 Aug. 2016Without the right information, at the right time, in the right place, the ability of NATO commanders to take a decision is compromised. Information technology provides the glue for command and control capability.
05 Aug. 2016Deterrence is back. After the end of the Cold War, the Alliance focused less on territorial defence and more on out-of-area crisis management, first in the western Balkans and later also in Afghanistan. That changed in 2014 because of concerns about Russia’s aggressive actions towards Ukraine as well as the rise of so-called Islamic State (or Daesh) in Syria and Iraq.