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#Germany lacks a vision and #strategy for the #Baltic Sea region and #Europe vis-a-vis the East. Yet, geographically, it is part of this region, and it is time for Berlin to also take more responsibility for its #security, writes Piret Kuusik of Eesti Välispoliitika Instituut in our blog

With the recent German Coalition agreement in place, attention turns to Germany’s role in Europe.

“The fantasy military cartoons are part of Russia’s ongoing reality show, just as #Putin’s imaginary leap of #Russia, in just a few years, towards prosperity, a modern and diverse economy, and a vibrant and healthy society.” Kalev Stoicescu in our blog

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has delivered a number of assertive anti-Western statements since his notorious address on <a href="" target="_blank">10 February 2007 at the Munich Secur...

“A superficial understanding of the core #strategy of #disinformation leads to naivety about its real effects on targeted societies and vulnerable groups. We are too slow in creating our own healthy and functioning ecosystems which could naturally generate responses.” Dmitri Teperik on building #resilience instead of hype in countering disinformation

A superficial understanding of the core strategy of disinformation as well as its ways, means, and ends leads us to naivety about its real effects on targeted societies and vulnerable groups.

“There is not only lack of political and institutional will to address money laundering – issues with strong leadership has been an obvious problem.” Karlis Bukovskis from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) writes about a recent #bank scandal in #Latvia

The Latvian banking system is less than 30 years old. During these three decades, the current liquidation of banks is the fifth major crisis in Latvian banking. Although many banks have come and gone and the Latvian banking sector has been very vibrant with a hope to become a regional financia...

“Private #military companies have become an inseparable military attribute of the #Kremlin’s policy”. Volodymyr Kopchak, Deputy Director of the CACDS (Kyiv), on the role and involvement of #PMC in Russia’s #hybrid aggression in #Ukraine & in #Syria conflict

Within the last four years, i.e. the period of direct aggression of Russia against Ukraine, the Russian private military companies (PMCs) have become an inseparable military attribute of the Kremlin’s policy aimed at pursuing its own agenda abroad, using the methods that are nowadays commonly rega...

“It seems it is time to switch back to Chairman again.” Leslie Leino on plans to drop president’s term limits in #China

Last Sunday, it was announced that China will drop term limits on presidency at this year’s lianghui meeting held annually in Beijing.

“Six democratic countries have attributed #NotPetya #cyberattacks to #Russia. Public attribution is a strong signal that the West is not going to tolerate increasing recklessness forever.” ICDS research fellow Piret Pernik considers political wisdom, legality and strategic effectiveness of various responses to #Kremlin’s actions in #cyberspace #cybersecurity #cyberstability #deterrence

Eight months after the NotPetya ransomware/wipeware <a href="" target="_blank">disabled 10% of computers in Ukraine</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">inflicted financial costs</a> amou...

#Syria #crisis has entered a new phase which may be long, difficult and bloody.” From the #US action against #Russia’s mercenaries to #Turkey’s campaign against #YPG and to the downing of #Iran’s drone by #Israel—Kalev Stoicescu analyses latest developments and their implications in our blog

On December 11th 2017, five days after he announced his expected intention to run for the fourth time for Russia’s presidency, Vladimir Putin visited Hmeimim air base, met Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and declared that Russia’s military mission in Syria had been “accomplished.”

“Neither Minsk agreements nor #peacekeeping forces can bring #peace to #Ukraine, since they do not reflect the essence of the #conflict and are merely the aggressor’s tools“—concludes Alexander Khara from the Майдан Закордонних Справ Foundation on the 3rd anniversary of #MinskTwo

The 12th of February marks three years since the package of measures aimed at implementing Minsk agreement of 5 September 2014 was signed (figuratively referred to as Minsk I and Minsk II).

“The talks about the #UN peacekeepers should only be considered an attempt by the parties in the discussion to settle into the political deadlock as comfortably as possible”—Oleh Pokalchuk from the Інститут суспільно-економічних досліджень - ІСЕД Institute for Social and Economic Research, ISER (Kyiv), concludes in our blog on the mooted #peacekeeping mission in the #Donbas region of #Ukraine

The topic of bringing UN peacekeeping forces to the east of Ukraine is once again making rounds these days, even though the “mantra” itself is quite old.

“The opposition simply does not believe in itself; it believes that political change in #Russia is possible only in the event that #Putin dies or becomes gravely ill.” Maksim Kulaev—on the state of opposition, the upcoming presidential elections and prospects of political change in Russia in 2018 and beyond

February marks the a mid-point of the formal presidential campaign in Russia. Yet, even though the authorities have sought to maximize turnout, there are few public reminders of the elections (beyond some advertising on billboards, leaflets, and even plastic bags)--–and no competition.

"#Espionage is a lonely and dangerous profession. Capture may mean a long prison sentence or even, in some countries, the death penalty. The possibility of being exchanged for another spy is an option that makes the continuous stress more tolerable"—writes Dr Ivo Juurvee, Head of our Security Programme, on the recent spy swaps between #Estonia & #Russia

As is common in intelligence affairs, the people who know cannot comment. But even the public coverage of recent spy swaps between Estonia and Russia provides some insight into a change of paradigm in post-Cold War “intelligence culture”.

“Against the backdrop of a gloomy international environment, the conference devoted much attention to the need for Europeans to do more for their own security”—some highlights from #MSC2018 by Eesti Välispoliitika Instituut Director Kristi Raik in our blog

There was no shortage of conflicts to be discussed at this year´s gathering of global security policy leaders in Munich.