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Hiroshima: 75 years on and the start of the atomic age

75 years ago today the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The era of “atomic peace” that followed has been fraught with increasingly catastrophic risks.

6 August 2020 | Andreas Persbo
Global Security|Arms Control|Deterrence|Missiles|Nuclear Disarmament|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
Commentary

The EU’s eastern neighbourhood demands a coherent approach. The Eastern Partnership fails to deliver.

The next phase of the EU’s Eastern Partnership will be launched this week. The approach set out so far fails to deliver – at this week’s summit, leaders should address the gaps.

17 June 2020 | Ben Challis
Euro-Atlantic Security|Armenia|Belarus|Black Sea|Central Asia|Diplomacy|Eastern Europe|Eastern Partnership|EU|Eurasian Economic Union|Europe|European Neighbourhood Policy|Foreign policy|Governance|Moldova|Russia-West Relations|Ukraine