Nina Caspersen outlines the inherent problems of dealing with the ‘frozen conflicts’ on Europe’s periphery before concluding that engagement with these regions and their populations should be a priority in the coming months.
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Habibe Ozdal outlines the development of Turkish-Russian relations in recent years, arguing that a ‘copartmentalisation’ has helped insulate bilateral ties from obstacles such as the Russo-Georgian War of 2008 and the ongoing Ukraine crisis.
ELN Researcher Joseph Dobbs argues that the Ukraine crisis has seriously weakened the Eurasian Economic Union. Externally, China is unlikely to be a steadfast supporter, and the European Union must not engage until there has been a satisfactory resolution to the Ukraine crisis.
Former Polish Minister of Defence, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, argues that Russia’s imperial outlook must be challenged first and foremost in Ukraine. Onyszkiewicz calls for the arming of Ukraine along the same lines as America’s lend-lease policy during the Second World War.
Ulrich Kuhn identifies three crises affecting the European security architecture, a military crisis epitomised by the conflict in Ukraine, an arms control crisis epitomised by the wilful neglect of treaties, and a structural crisis epitomised by the decay of collective security.
Major and Mölling argue that criticism of Germany’s contribution to NATO force structures is misplaced, observing instead the crucial role played by Germany in delivering the alliance’s considerable political, financial and military commitments.