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Anatomy of a Russian Exercise

A detailed account of the Russian snap exercise that took place in March 2015 featuring an interactive map. The exercise involved 80,000 troops, 65 warships, and 220 aircraft. The scale of this operation means it could only have been a scenario simulating war with NATO.

12 August 2015 | Thomas Frear
Euro-Atlantic Security|CSBMs|Deterrence|NATO|Risk Reduction|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Transatlantic relations
Commentary

Anatomy of a NATO Exercise

A detailed account of the June 2015 NATO exercise Allied Shield featuring an interactive map. The scale and nature of this exercise leaves Russia as the only possible adversary.

12 August 2015 | Thomas Frear
Euro-Atlantic Security|CSBMs|Deterrence|NATO|Risk Reduction|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Transatlantic relations
Commentary

New Realities: The Ukrainian Approach to Transnistria

Thomas Frear analyses the Ukrainian-Transnistrian relationship in light of Ukraine’s conflict with Russia, arguing that the functional interaction between Kiev and Tiraspol belies a much needed diplomatic nuance on the part of the new Ukrainian regime.

24 March 2015 | Thomas Frear
Euro-Atlantic Security|EU|OSCE|Risk Reduction|Russia|Transnistria|Ukraine
Commentary

Russia – West Dangerous Brinkmanship Continues

Against the backdrop of further violence in Ukraine and broader hostile rhetoric, the dangerous Russia-West incidents highlighted by the ELN in November 2014 have continued. This update charts 27 new incidents, highlighting the validity of our Report’s recommendations.

12 March 2015 | Thomas Frear
Euro-Atlantic Security|Arms Control|CSBMs|NATO|OSCE|Risk Reduction|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Transatlantic relations|United States
Commentary

Abkhazia and the west: Rehabilitating engagement without recognition

Thomas Frear argues that western efforts to pressure Abkhazia back into union with Georgia have failed, and are instead forcing Abkhazia into the arms of Moscow. It is time to rehabilitate the policy of engagement without recognition.

2 February 2015 | Thomas Frear
Euro-Atlantic Security|Eastern Europe|Europe|Georgia|Russia|Russia-West Relations