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The Crisis Between Russia and the West: Who gets to be right?

The Crisis Between Russia and the West: Who gets to be right?
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Actors often disagree on the nature of a conflict because they believe – as well as want to present themselves – that they hold the correct interpretation of the situation. “Being right” is a much desired position as it will turn the situation in your favor and provide you with all the spoils of being […]

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A Suggestion for the EU’s Global Strategy and the Resolution of the Georgian/South Ossetian Conflict

A Suggestion for the EU's Global Strategy and the Resolution of the Georgian/South Ossetian Conflict
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In June the EU launched its new Global Strategy, which seeks to consolidate and clarify the EU’s external actions. One of the amendments listed in the strategy is the need to approach conflicts and crises from a multi-dimensional perspective. This amendment is beneficial in for example the post-soviet space where a number of secessionist conflicts […]

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NATO Summit Outcome: Preventing a Conflict or Creating One?

NATO Summit Outcome: Preventing a Conflict or Creating One?
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Since the 90s, NATO has been in search of a definite policy position in the post-Cold War security environment. This led to several reforms within NATO, including a pledge to manage crises via a combination of political and military tools and a focus on building trust and promoting cooperation with Russia. The objective after the […]

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Should Sweden abandon its neutrality policy?

Should Sweden abandon its neutrality policy?
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For over 170 years, Sweden has relied on a neutrality policy to avoid the consequences of war. Sweden’s belief in this position has however started to waver following the re-awakening of the Russian bear. As part of this, Sweden has expanded its NATO partnership and recently signed a “Host Nation Support Agreement”, which allows (upon invitation […]

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