The Ukraine Invasion: One Year Later

March/April 2015 David J. Kramer Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine posed the most serious challenge to European security in decades. In one stroke, he thumbed his nose at the Helsinki Accords of 1975, the Paris Charter of 1990, the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, and other agreements and commitments that had kept the peace…

Russia Is Reinforcing 3 Crucial Geopolitical Frontlines

Jeremy Bender, provided by   Published 6:45 pm, Sunday, January 18, 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new military doctrine for the country on Dec. 26 last year. The new doctrine, beyond explicitly stating that NATO’s expansion was the main external threat facing Moscow, calls for reinforcing three geopolitical fronts that Russia sees as…

Sex, Politics, and Putin

5 January 2015 If you’d like to know one of the reasons for Vladimir Putin’s phenomenal popularity in Russia, pick up Clark University Professor Valerie Sperling’s excellent new book, Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia. Putin’s actual accomplishments are few. He dismantled democracy and muzzled the media. He constructed a fascistoid regime and…

NATO rotates Baltic Air Policing Mission

Military Capabilities  Gareth Jennings, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly 01 January 2015   The Italian Air Force is leading this latest rotation of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission with four Eurofighter Typhoons operating out of Siauliai Airbase in Lithuania. Source: Eurofighter NATO has rotated its air policing mission in the Baltic with the…

(RAD) No. 156: Russian Local Elections

Download:  English (PDFAuthor(s): Aleksandr Kynev, J. Paul Goode Editor(s): Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder, Aglaya Snetkov Series: Russian Analytical Digest (RAD) Issue: 156 Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen; Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George…

Pro-Russian rebels using seized Ukrainian missile downed MH17 passenger plane, says Germany

October 20, 2014  Nick Miller A policeman representing Donetsk People’s Republic stands guard at the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the village of Grabovo. Photo: Reuters Germany‘s intelligence service believes Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian rebels using a missile taken from a Ukraine military base, a…

Arctic Move: Russia Gets Its Own NORTHCOM

  September 12, 2014 In an important sign of Russia’s increasing militarization of the Arctic, a development with troubling implications for several NATO countries, the Kremlin has announced the establishment of a new military command that will be responsible for the country’s north and the Arctic sector. As reported in the Moscow daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta,…

Russia and the SCO Military Exercises

Russia may be putting aside its reluctance to accept the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s growing clout in Central Asia. By Joshua Kucera August 28, 2014 The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is holding its biggest joint military exercises ever, as Russia seeks to strengthen ties with China in the wake of its collapsing relations with Europe and the…