Brexit: Britain-EU security and defense cooperation will (somehow) continue

Britain is leaving the EU, but of course stays in NATO. But what kind of impact Brexit may have on UK-EU defence and military relations especially taking into account possible deeper EU defence integration? Read few comments.

British and Estonian soldiers. Credit: army.mod.uk

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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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London attack as “trophy” attack?

Although with a devastated effect (5 dead, at least 40 injured) in terms of used means (car, knife) the London attack was somehow primitive. But interestingly it seems it aimed at Westminster. Do you think that Western political symbols and even politicians may become more frequents targets for Islamist radicals (it seems the perpetrator was one of them) as before or not, and why? Read few comments.

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Have Syrian war and refugee crisis highlighted existing problems in Lebanon?

With more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, compounded with other refugee communities, Lebanon is the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide.

He was the best in his class. 17-year old Syrian Hozaifa is now paraplegic after bombing and lives as refugee in Beqaa, Lebanon. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Will James Bond fight Donald Trump? ;-)

James Bond writers suggested that with people like US President Donald Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So we have Trump, we have Brexit, we have fake news (Tomorrow Never Dies comes to my mind). Do you think the next James Bond movie will be/should be influenced by this geopolitical reality and why and how? Read few comments.

The Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond by Lisa Funnell, Klaus Dodds

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A big problem for a small country?: ISIS and Trinidad and Tobago

There are the estimations that perhaps even 130 citizens of Trinidad and Tobago have joined ISIS. This is probably not a small number for not a very big country. Is this also a broader security problem for the region, Caribbean, the US or is it primarily a problem for Trinidad and Tobago? Read few comments.

Trinidad and Tobago

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WikiLeaks CIA leaks not a big surprise but…

TVs turned into covert microphones is the usual headline after new WikiLeaks revelations of CIA practices. If you look at these news revelations how do you read CIA capabilities, any big surprise for you, and why? Read few comments.

CIA seal. Credit: https://www.cia.gov/

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