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Policy brief

Belarus beyond 2020: Implications for Russia and the West

As Belarus heads into its most turbulent elections in decades on 9th August, Ben Challis warns that there is an urgent need to avoid a dangerous competition for influence there between Russia and the West.

3 August 2020 | Ben Challis
Euro-Atlantic Security|Baltics|Belarus|Eastern Europe|Eastern Partnership|NATO|Russia-West Relations
Report

Overcoming disunity: Reinvigorating the P5 Process a decade on

The product of a ten-month-long effort by the ELN to explore common ground among the five nuclear-weapon states (NWS) parties to the NPT, this new report from Dr Maximilian Hoell and Andreas Persbo offers practical recommendations for the P5 to reduce nuclear risks.

30 July 2020 | Maximilian Hoell and Andreas Persbo
Global Security|NPT|Nuclear Arms Control|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Security|Nuclear Weapons
Commentary

Iran, sanctions, and the COVID-19 pandemic

This week, Iran recorded its highest number of deaths from COVID-19 within a 24-hour period, pointing to a resurgence of the virus while its healthcare system tries to cope under US “maximum pressure”

23 July 2020 | Roxane Farmanfarmaian
Global Security|International Law|Iran|Middle East|Sanctions
Commentary

Re-evaluating space norms in a changing orbital environment

The space environment is becoming increasingly populated by non-state actors who are pursuing a range of different goals. Marina Favaro argues that new norms of governance must be implemented by the international community in order to keep space safe, secure and sustainable.

21 July 2020 | Marina Favaro
Global Security|Air space|Cyber|Emerging technologies|International Law
Commentary

Russia’s Basic Principles and the Cyber-Nuclear Nexus

Following the public release of previously classified Russia documents on nuclear deterrence, Dmitry Stefanovich explores the growing concerns over cyber threats and the potential opportunities for the P5.

14 July 2020 | Dmitry Stefanovich
Global Security|Cyber|Emerging technologies|Military Doctrine|Nuclear Weapons|Russia|Russia-West Relations
Commentary

Iran’s Hormuz Peace Endeavor and the future of Persian Gulf security

There is an opportunity for the Euro-Atlantic community to constructively engage with Iran and its neighbours in the wake of the COVID crisis. Although Iran’s HOPE initiative advances an intra-regional format, it may be insufficient in terms of the scope of military contacts and information exchange.

7 July 2020 | Nicole Grajewski
Global Security|Arms Control|Iran|Security