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Is NATO indispensable?
The Brussels Summit

The NATO Brussels Summit is almost there. Time has come to address open issues,such as rethinking the political nature of the Alliance,, burden sharing, the defence spending target, NATO’s counter-terrorism strategy and the future of partnerships in the Gulf, the Mediterranean and elsewhere.
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The Strategic Trends


The Strategic Trends are one of our most followed features.
No clutter, no opinions, they are designed for busy decision makers and answer hard questions: What is the direction? Are there alternative developments hidden from the gaze of other observers?

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Partnerships in the Arab region

by Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo
Partnerships and cooperative security are a priority according to the current Strategic Concept of the Atlantic Alliance. As a matter of fact they are the only avenues to project stability,  …read more

The Syrian Conundrum

by Rajendra Abhyankar
Nearly 13 million displaced within Syria and almost 4 million knocking on Europe’s doors for entry. A huge humanitarian crisis with UN’s relief assistance going by fits and starts depending on the security of the convoys.  …read more

NATO Centre in Kuwait, a good promise to keep

by Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo and Eleonora Ardemagni 
Surely, the opening of the NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre in Kuwait is a good, long-awaited news. First of all, it is the first such presence in the region. Secondly, it is a tangible achievement able to support …read more

The uncertain destiny

by Carlo Trezza
The INF Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union signed in 1987 on the elimination of their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, is one of the pillars of the present nuclear arms control architecture. …read more

China and the New Middle East Security Arc

by Christina Lin
With so much focus on the battle in Aleppo, there has been little attention on the Saudi-Egypt rift in the media.  And along with this western blind spot is China’s rising influence as a crucial player  …read more

Cyber security: a new chapter for arms control

by Carlo Trezza
Cyber has become, after land, sea, air and outer space, the fifth theater of international conflicts. The most notable episodes of an international use of cyber as a weapon were an attack in 2007 which swamped the websites of Estonia …read more

The Iraqui question

by Maurizio Melani
The State of Iraq was the product of the British will to control, after the demise of the Ottoman Empire at the end of first world war, the rich oil resources of Mesopotamia located in the former Ottoman provinces of Basra in the South and of Mosul  …read more

Why NATO Needs a New Strategic Concept

by Karl-Heinz Kamp
One of the core reasons that have made NATO the most successful security alliance in recent history is its ability to adapt to a changed political environment. This also includes adapting …read more

The strategic significance of the new NATO-ICI Regional Centre in Kuwait

by Jean-Loup Samaan

On the 24th of January 2017, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg inaugurated NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Regional Centre in the Emirate of Kuwait. …read more