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    • Ukraine and Russia: the perceptions and the reality (2) 02 Sep. 2014

      Since our last edition on Ukraine and Russia, we've seen increased incursions by Russia, more sanctions by the West and heightened scepticism of President Putin's proclamations. So where has this split between the West and Russia left the process of galloping globalisation? And have the resulting splits spread to relations between allied Western countries? In this edition, NATO Review looks at the global side of a regional conflict in Ukraine.

    • Ukraine and the West: united we stand? 02 Sep. 2014

      What were the main objectives of Russian leader President Putin when he embarked on his support for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine? Did they go beyond territory and aim to create - or increase - divisions between Western countries? And if so, has this strategy worked? NATO Review asks some leading security figures how they saw it.

    • Ukraine-Russia conflict: has globalisation helped or hindered responses? 02 Sep. 2014

      Countries have increased their links in a smaller, globalised world. But reactions to Russia's actions in Ukraine mean that a brake has to be put on some of this interlinking. Has globalisation made it easier or more difficult to react? Has it made it impossible to punish Russia without suffering pain at home? And where next for the sanctions and counter-sanctions?

    • Changing international borders in Ukraine: Crimea – Russia’s bold move 02 Sep. 2014

      What's the difference between an annexation, a unification and an international border change? A lot, argues Dr Magnus Bjarnason. In this article, he illustrates how moves to change the map - such as in Russia's annexation of Crimea - have been carried out over recent decades. And he provides an analysis of the risks and rewards that these moves carry.

    • Ukraine and Russia: the perceptions and the reality 03 Jul. 2014

      In this edition, we try to look at how much misunderstandings (real or deliberate) played in the Ukraine crisis. For example, how much does Russia’s belief that the West had betrayed them over NATO enlargement really explain their actions in Ukraine? And where did this misunderstanding come from?

    • Hybrid war - hybrid response? 03 Jul. 2014

      When a country is attacked by conventional land, sea or air forces, it is usually clear how to best respond. But what happens when it is attacked by a mixture of special forces, information campaigns and backdoor proxies? What's the best response? And how can international security organisations like NATO adapt to these attacks?

    • NATO enlargement and Russia: myths and realities 03 Jul. 2014

      Part of the Russian narrative of the past 20 years is that the West reneged on promises not to enlarge NATO membership up to Russia's borders. But this is not a pledge included in any official treaties or agreements. So where did the story come from? Michael Rühle takes on the myths and realities of the Russian narrative.

    • Russia, Ukraine and Crimea: a predictable crisis? 03 Jul. 2014

      How much could we have seen the Crimea crisis coming? NATO Review talks to security experts and asks whether there were enough clues in Russia's previous adventures - especially in Estonia and Georgia - to indicate that Crimea would be next.

    • The Ukraine crisis and NATO-Russia relations 03 Jul. 2014

      It's time for NATO to reassess where its relationship with Russia can head next, argues Russia expert Andrew Monaghan. With what has been a poor relationship getting worse, NATO now has to make some hard decisions about its relationship with a country which clearly doesn't like either the organisation or its influence, he says.

    • War and medicine - 100 years after the Great War 25 Jun. 2014

      Many of us benefit every day from advances which started within the military, such as SatNav systems in our cars. In this edition, we ask whether medicine advanced due to the innovations that started 100 years ago in World War I. For example, do today's PTSD sufferers benefit from the mistakes made with shellshock sufferers all those years ago? And how much is there a link between how today's ambulances treat people and the lessons learned on the battlefields of the Great War?

    • Was World War I good for medicine? 25 Jun. 2014

      From 1914's grim reality to today's virtual reality, this mini documentary looks at how health care played a key role in the 1914-18 war. It hears how most soldiers actually survived the trenches, but were at great threat from infection and disease. Today's combat treatment can often be traced back to improvements made in the Great War. But does this mean that war is good for medicine?

    • Photostory - what a WWI soldier could expect 25 Jun. 2014

      This photostory shows what a soldier fighting in World War I could expect in terms of weapons he could face, injuries he could expect and healthcare he would receive. Warning: some may find certain images disturbing.

    • Book review: Medicine and Modern Warfare 25 Jun. 2014

      There were many medical challenges to the military over the last century. One of them, sexually transmitted diseases, may seem trivial to today's eyes. But in the days before penicillin, this kind of condition could take thousands of men out of action. Isabel Fernandez reviews essays on this and other lessons from 'Medicine and Modern Warfare'.

    • 100 years of changing combat, changing health care 25 Jun. 2014

      How do developments of military medical care in the last century look to a military medic? NATO Review asked the medical advisor to the NATO International Military Staff to provide an outline of how he sees the changes in treatment, approach and attitude to treating injuries over the last century - and the effect they've had on how the military works.

    • Energy security: running on empty? 28 May. 2014

      If you asked a man in the street in Europe whether he thought Ukraine should pay the market price for gas, he would probably have few strong feelings on the issue. However, if you told him that this question could decide whether his home would be warm or freezing in winter, he would probably show more interest. In this edition, we look at what effect Russia's manoeuvres in Ukraine could have further down the pipeline.

    • Energy insecurity: what can NATO do? 28 May. 2014

      What do the changes to the energy landscape following the Ukraine crisis mean for NATO? How does the organization need to change to better face energy challenges? We ask some top commentators and politicians what kind of changes they feel should be made.

    • Transatlantic energy security and the Ukraine-crisis: A blessing in disguise? 28 May. 2014

      The Ukraine-crisis has once again underlined Europe’s vulnerability due to its overdependence on Russian energy supplies. Europe is vulnerable in the short-term, but Russia has more to lose in the medium- and long-term. Could the crisis be an opportunity to further weaken Russia’s stranglehold over Europe’s energy sector?

    • Cartoons - could energy security look like this? 28 May. 2014

      It's not yet clear how the events in Ukraine will impact on Europe's energy security. Or if it will change European priorities vis-à-vis renewable energy. So we asked our NATO Review cartoonist, Rytis Daukantas, to give us a sideways view of what he thought the potential changes could look like.

    • NATO’s energy security agenda 28 May. 2014

      A politico-military organization like NATO is not necessarily in its comfort zone when dealing with commercial energy deals, major pipeline projects and fossil fuel diversification. But as energy becomes an increasingly potent weapon in conflicts which can have a major impact on most of NATO's members, it's time for the Alliance to learn what it can do.

    • NATO at 65: what it means to be a member 31 Mar. 2014

      2014 is a year when NATO - and NATO members - have a lot to celebrate. Not just the 65th anniversary of the Alliance. Nor just the 15th, 10th and fifth anniversaries of members who joined since the end of the Cold War. But also cause to remember why those events were so momentous in those countries. In this edition of NATO Review, we look at some of the human stories of how we got here and what it has meant for both the elites and ordinary people.

    • Can you see free? 31 Mar. 2014

      What happened to freedom in those 65 years since NATO was established? And for those too young to remember, what kind of freedoms have been protected during this time? This brief music video shows some of the best and worst moments for freedom.

    • Will NATO last another 65 years? 31 Mar. 2014

      Lord Robertson was the NATO Secretary General on 9/11. He is the only Secretary General to have ever invoked the Alliance's Article 5. NATO Review asked him for a review of how the Alliance has done in its first 65 years - and whether it will make another 65.


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