Afghanistan – NATO's credibility at risk
A strategic shift is required in Afghanistan. Having pursued a military strategy for 16 years – unsuccessfully – a strategy centered on the search for a political settlement is required.Kai Eide, Norway's former ambassador to Sweden, NATO & former UN special representative in Kabul
A profound disappointment for the Kremlin
Analysis. President Donald Trump has wined and dined plenty of foreign political leaders during his first hundred days in office. Conspicuously absent from his guest list however was the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. This situation has become a profound disappointment for the Kremlin, writes UI senior fellow Igor Torbakov.
Still Room for Agreements with Russia
Analysis. Today’s Russia is an unsatisfied power, which has problems with most of its neighbors. But the Finnish veteran diplomat René Nyberg, who has served as ambassador in both Moscow and Berlin, notes that there is still room for agreement with Russia – even on missile defense.
Trump's cruise missiles – motivated by domestic politics
What should have been the action after the recent use of gas in Syria? The proper procedure under the UN Charter – that the US was instrumental in creating – would have been for the Security Council to order investigation and action.Hans Blix, former foreign minister of Sweden, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq
North Korean Threat Tests US-Sino Relations
President Donald Trump plans to host China's President Xi Jinping at a two-day summit in Florida in April. North Korea's nuclear breakout will be high on the agenda between the leaders of the world's two largest economies. Nothing less than a grand bargain is needed now, when East Asia is facing its most acute and trying security challenge in many years, writes Börje Ljunggren, Senior Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Sweden's former Ambassador to China.
Five issues will shape the EU@60 agenda
Analysis. On 25 March the Heads of State and Government of 27 European Union member states will meet in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and stake out the future direction of EU integration. The meeting, and its planned declaration, was supposed to be the culmination of efforts to insert a new dynamism into cooperation following the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the union. However, recent developments within the institutions and key member states have taken precedence over the more visionary agenda. Björn Fägersten, Director of UI's Europe and Hilda Grönwall, Intern at the Europe program, outline five key issues – on and off the official agenda – that will shape the event and its outcome.
Jihadism and the Killing of an Italian Activist in Gaza
Hamas in Gaza not only faces opposition from Fatah, but also from an array of firebrand Salafi-Jihadi groups. This comes as a result of Hamas's changed strategy, from armed struggle to domestic governance. As the Middle East specialist Björn Brenner shows in this article, an excerpt from his newly released book Gaza Under Hamas, militants from both Hamas and Fatah were disappointed with this changed strategy and defected to Salafi-Jihadi groups to continue their struggle. The kidnapping and killing of an Italian activist, Vittorio Arrigoni (in drawing by Carlos Latuff above) is a proof of this.
Ambiguity over the Russian Revolutions
Analysis. Russia's president Putin would love to be seen as the heir to the power and glory of the Romanov dynasty that was toppled 100 years ago. Yet the system that Putin presides over is more of an outgrowth of Soviet Communism than a link to Russia’s tsarist tradition. This dichotomy is the primary reason why Kremlin ideologues find themselves in an awkward position. Igor Torbakov, Senior Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, elaborates on Kremlin's ambivalence about centennial of the Russian revolutions.
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