On 27th September, the ‘frozen conflict’ between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh entered a new phase of escalation, leading to military clashes and heavy losses on both sides. The ELN talks to Hovhannes Nikoghosyan to get his views on what is happening on the ground.
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On the eve of the tenth Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, the P5 should establish a regular, open-ended and sustained dialogue process on strategic risk reduction to improve the international security environment.
A completely secure cyber domain is no longer a viable option in today’s ever-evolving cyberspace, but effective defence can and should be structured ahead of time in anticipation of an attack. Tinatin Japaridze lays out a set of priorities to help aid the implementation of Georgia’s national cybersecurity strategy.
The EU, the UK and the US should come out in support of fundamental freedoms and human rights in Belarus. Doing so would mean not only staying true to their own values, but could help avoid European security being compromised by another protracted conflict on the EU’s frontier.
In the first episode of the East-West Coffee Shop podcast, European Leadership Network (ELN) Policy Fellow Ben Challis sits down with Yauheni Preiherman and Katia Glod to discuss the developing situation in Belarus following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been described as the last dictator in Europe.
Given the importance of 5G as a national security asset and an economic driver, current strategies and principles cannot be limited to national agendas. Opening up a deep transatlantic discussion on the role of 5G will be essential to ensure mutually beneficial cooperation.
A coherent strategic response to China’s complex power projection on NATO member states and their vicinity can only be through a dual approach of defence and deterrence on the one hand and dialogue and cooperation on the other.
Rapid advances in cyberspace and emerging technologies such as AI and hypersonic weapons compound the risks of close calls, mishaps, and misunderstandings in the nuclear domain. To respond effectively to these new threats we need to start thinking more creatively about arms control.
In light of recent reports that the Trump administration is considering the resumption of nuclear testing, the international community should redouble its commitment to the norm against testing. The only way to close the door on nuclear weapon testing for good is to bring the CTBT into force.