Spanish attacks and what could they mean

Catalan police say the shot terrorists in Cambrils, the van attack in Barcelona and an explosion at a house on Wednesday evening in the town of Alcanar that killed one person are all linked. If those three events are really connected does is suggest a higher level of planning and ability to avoid the attention of authorities? What does it tell us about the perpetrators a possible future threats? Read few comments.

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What does North Korea want?

With the new missile test and the assessment reported by WaPo that North Korea might have a reliable nuclear capable intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as the next year, it seems clear that the nuclear capabilities of NK are improving significantly. In your opinion, what is a primary goal of NK nuclear program, to keep the regime safe from any external attack, or to have a capability to strike first, or probably both? Read few comments.

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What can we learn from the recent global cyberattack?

Interestingly Ukraine was the hardest hit country by the last cyber attack. Infrastructure, banks, even Chernobyl nuclear plant were hit. It is perhaps interesting also  because Ukraine is in the state of conflict with Russia, so no matter attackers intentions we see the country in the state of war, albeit low intensity, hit by massive cyber attack. Is it possible to learn some lessons from it in terms of “hard” defense how to protect the critical civil infrastructure better in case of real “cyberwar” attack? Read few comments.

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Will/should the EU do militarily something more in Africa?

While talking about EU defence, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but also many others, said Europe had a keen interest in stabilizing Africa: As Europeans, we want a coordinated approach there. But should the EU, Europeans really step up the military role in Africa, military wise what can we realistically do in Africa? Read few comments. Continue reading

Attacks against Muslim communities is becoming an issue of increasing concern

While we do not know all the details of what happened in London, in Finsbury Park it looks like a deliberate attack against the Muslim community. In your opinion, how big is a threat of reprisal attacks against Muslim community after couple of attacks conducted by Islamist extremists, how should security forces (society?) react? Read few comments.

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Fight for Raqqa and future of ISIS and Syria

As US-backed Syrian forces launch offensive to retake Raqqa from Isis how important is this step in the broader context of fighting ISIS and what are the biggest obstacles in taking over Raqqa? And What effect may this operation have on the Syrian conflict? Read few comments. Continue reading

Kabul attack: How safe is Afghanistan?

We just witnessed a huge attack in Kabul ith 80 dead. On the other hand countries like Germany are sending back ever greater numbers of asylum applicants from Afghanistan basically saying that the country is safe. This approach was paused after the attack and I know every case is different but how do you think the EU countries should deal with Afghan refugees? Read few comments.

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