Zapad 2017: What are Russia’s strategic objectives

Read few comments. Russian-Belarusian military exercise  Zapad-2017 takes place from September 14.
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What can Georgia expect from the US under President Trump?

On one hand US Vice President Mike Pence recently visited Georgia, on the other hand we have quite unpredictable Donald Trump in the White House. What would you say Georgia could expect from the US, do you think Georgia should somehow change, adjust its policies towards the US (the West)? Read few comments.

Exercise Noble Partner: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks before a crowd of U.S. Soldiers and Georgian soldiers. Credit: http://www.eur.army.mil, Sgt. Shiloh Capers

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Terrorism , defense budgets… What to expect from NATO meeting (with Trump)?

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Turkey referendum: What’s next for Turkey-NATO, Turkey-EU relations?

What kind of impact from the referendum do you expect on the NATO-Turkey, EU-Turkey relations? Read few comments.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO. Credit: http://www.tccb.gov.tr/

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NATO-Russia Council meets again, but the progress is little

Last meeting of NATO-Russia Council took place in December 2016 and today there is another one. So it seems at least the frequency of those meeting is higher. How do you read this, is something changing in NATO-Russia relations or not much, and why?  Read few comments.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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Does Afghanistan need more foreign troops?

US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson was talking about stalemate in Afghanistan, about the need for few thousands more troops. There are still more than 13 000 NATO soldiers, including 8 400 US troops, deployed to Afghanistan. Mainly in the framework of training mission Resolute Support.

General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit:

General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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EU and Trump: Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst?

I know it is pretty hard to assess what might Donald Trump do in the White House but it seems that his rhetoric (and some people who are around him) suggests he is hardly the biggest fan of the EU. So what should EU do now, to hope for the best and prepare for the worst? And what could be the best and what the worst scenario? Read few comments.

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