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NATO-funded Serbian researchers develop biofuel from algae
18 Aug. 2017

NATO-funded Serbian researchers develop biofuel from algae

Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme and is carried out by Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in cooperation with Manchester University in the United Kingdom and Baylor University in the United States.

NATO Review

    • Autonomous military drones 28 Jul. 2017 The technological potential of autonomous drones is already being tested and developed. Whether such military technologies will be deployed will depend on the needs of nations in the future security situation. While it is difficult to predict the future, three Norwegian experts argue that it would be better to develop a legal and ethical framework for autonomous drones before they become a reality.
    • Autonomous military drones: no longer science fiction 28 Jul. 2017 The possibility of life-or-death decisions someday being taken by machines not under the direct control of humans needs to be taken seriously. Three Norwegian experts take a look at advances in this technology, and at the legal and ethical issues raised.
    • Tackling the surge of returning foreign fighters 14 Jul. 2017 Reflecting 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. 2017 Finland 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.
    • NATO-Russia relations 13 Jun. 2017 Radoslava 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. 2017 Fifteen 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. 2017 Current 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. 2017 It 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. 2017 Measuring 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.
    • Spending for success on cyber defence 06 Apr. 2017 Why is it so important to invest in cyber defence? What do nations need to spend on? Neil Robinson of NATO’s cyber defence policy team explains.
    • Ukraine three years on: a basis for optimism 10 Mar. 2017 Three 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.
    • The Identity of NATO 20 Jan. 2017 The former Vice Chief of Staff at SHAPE, Lieutenant General Michel Yakovleff, reflects on the fundamental nature of the Alliance.
    • Rethinking the way we do anti-corruption 08 Dec. 2016 In 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. 2016 In 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. 2016 Without 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.

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