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In my previous post dedicated to the debate at the House of Commons I did not make mention of Dr Fox statement on French nuclear assets. Saying that “We must also remember that France itself co-operates very closely on nuclear issues with the United States. The United States, France and the United Kingdom form the… » read more

The European Union Institute for Security Studies has just released a report titled “What do Europeans want from NATO?”. As usual for productions published under the umbrella of this institute, it is worth reading this new document, and even if I do not totally agree with some of the points, the different articles are really… » read more

Sun Tzu said: Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise: 1. Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law? 2. Which of the two generals has most ability? 3. With whom lie the advantages derived from… » read more

The big cuts in Britain’s defence capabilities announced in London earlier this week will have far-reaching consequences for European defence policy. The decision of Britain’s coalition government to reduce defence spending by 8 per cent over the next four years condemns the UK to closer co-operation with European allies, and especially with France. British Prime… » read more

Sun Tzu said: The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one’s deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. These are: (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline. The Moral Law causes the people… » read more

Last weekend, a friend sent me an e-mail informing me about the latest Iranian weapon, namely the Karrar combat UAV. Having watched the video, I could easily guess that this so-called UAV looks like much more a poor quality copy of WW2 German V1, than a XXI century product. The bomb placed […]

Note: My article was originally published on August 30, 2010 as OP-ED in a collaborative project to create recommendations for NATO’s new Strategic Concept by Atlantic-Community.Org (open think tank). Ari RUSILA: Rather than providing for collective defense, today’s Alliance is invited to join American wars. Instead of scribbling a new Strategic Concept for NATO that… » read more

Some months ago I read an article written by J-P Maulny, deputy chairman of a French think tank (IRIS). The title, rather provocative, was: European Defence is dead, who has killed it? According to Mr Maulny, France and the UK are convicted having killed European Defence, while the USA are suspected having inflicted […]

Against the backdrop of a European economic crisis of monumental proportions, the creation of the UK’s coalition government must seem like “noises off” to the rest of the European audience. But at least the deal reached between Conservative leader David Cameron and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats could provide political stability in Britain for… » read more

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