On Thursday I attended the European Council meeting and the fact is that many diplomats behind the scenes were quite open about the fact that Crimea is basically lost, but we have to drew a line here not to allow more loses. What you think about it? Would you say that the scenario that the Crimea is lost is the most realistic one? And is the West able or willing to drew some lines that might work? Read few comments.
From the statement by NATO Defence Ministers on Ukraine: …NATO Allies will continue to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence, territorial integrity, democratic development, and the principle of inviolability of frontiers… So would you say the the Alliance can play some role in the current situation or not, and why? Read few comments.
NATO’s Rasmussen: Zero option for Afghanistan not preferred option, but military is planning for all eventualities
What is Al-Qaeda and what is not Al-Qaeda? As we have seen in case of ISIS something also can be Al-Qaeda and can lose Al-Qaeda brand later. Katherine Zimmerman of AEI writes that Al-Qaeda’s leadership regulates the use of its name and resources. So how to become Al-Qaeda, what are the core conditions for using Al-Qaeda’s name and resources? Read few comments.
There is a focus on the so called ring of steel in Sochi. We haven’t heard much e. g. about arresting some people ahead of the Olympics. So how would you shortly evaluate the Russian security tactics and strategy? Is the ring steel first of all a deterrence tool? Read few comments.
According to NY Times report the NSA has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world. If you quickly look back at all the revelation related to Snowden what was, let’s say, the biggest surprise for you, and why? I mean especially from the technological point of view, not from the political like spying on Merkel etc. Read few comments.
As clashes between vigilante groups and a drugs cartel continues the Mexican government has announced that federal troops will take over security in Michoacan.
According to WaPo’s report a new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017 if Washington and Kabul don’t sign a security pact that would keep an international military contingent there beyond 2014.
US sends envoy to South Sudan and the African Union called for truce. But do the outside powers have any leverages on the actors of the current conflict or perhaps not very much, and why? In general, what could be done to find a political solution? Read few comments.