(Photo credits: Evan Vucci—AP/Shutterstock) By George Spencer Terry, Visiting Fellow, Baltic Defence College 27 February 2019 On Monday, 25 February 2019, just several days before the upcoming Hanoi summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump declared that North Korea “could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in … Continue reading The Chosŏn One? Trump, Kim, and the Rhetoric of Great Powers
(Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel | Philippe Wojazer/AFP via Getty Images) By MG Andis Dilāns (LVA), Commandant of the Baltic Defence College The idea of a European army has been floating around almost since the very beginning of the EU, and the idea has appeared on the agenda regularly. … Continue reading IS THERE A NEED FOR A EUROPEAN ARMY?
By LTCOL Aaron Cornett, Lecturer Joint Planning and Execution The use of social media in the defence and military sector has increased exponentially in the last few years. In addition, the importance of social media as a means for defence and military organizations to reach target audiences has also increased significantly. All signs indicate that … Continue reading Social Media as a Strategic Communications Tool: Questions
By Joakim Paasikivi, LTCOL SWE A, Lecturer Joint Intelligence Should we unpack the paper maps and spirit compasses again? Over the last decades, Allied and Partner nations have very much come to taking operating in an uncontested electronic environment for granted. Out of Area Operations for NATO and Peace Support Operations for Partners have been … Continue reading The time is out of joint: O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!
(Photo credits: NATO) By: Syndicate Radzins NATO commenced exercise Trident Juncture 2018 on 25 October and it will be the largest military exercise conducted in Norway since the 1980s and NATOs largest exercise since 2002. The exercise is a NATO-led so-called high visibility exercise, part of NATO´s Readiness Action Plan which came out of the … Continue reading Trident Juncture: Another show, but the message is much the same
(Picture credits: NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Latvia Facebook Page) By LCDR Aldo Simone, JCGSC 2018-2019 Following the decisions undertaken during the 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw; Italy launched operation “Baltic Guardian”, participating in the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup with a contingent of 169 soldiers currently based in Ādaži, Latvia. The contingent has the … Continue reading Is the Italian Participation to the Enhanced Forward Presence at Risk?
(Photo credits: wigglestick/Adobe Stock) By COL Jean Trudel, Deputy Commandant and Chief of Staff, Baltic Defence College Looking into the modern ways to wage war, we tend to think about capabilities in terms of “stuff” – aircraft, ships, tanks and so on. Warfare, or methods to wage wars, shift with technology and policies. Most scholars … Continue reading Cognitive Dominance training or controlling one’s environment through resilience: the Canadian Army concept
(Photo by: The Riga Conference) By LTC Aaron M. Cornett, Lecturer, Department of Military Studies, Baltic Defence College I recently attended the 2018 Riga Conference in Riga, Latvia. The conference, organized by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Latvian MoD, and the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, bills itself as a venue for constructive dialogue … Continue reading The 2018 Riga Conference – Observations from an Outsider
(Photo: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov) By LtCdr Ott Laanemets, EST-N, JCGSC 2018-2019 A2AD is one of the contemporary defence buzz-words without a clear definition. As recently as 2016, US Navy´s Chief of Naval Operations ADM Richardson called in his National Interest article to stop using this term as an example of unclear thinking. In the Baltic region, … Continue reading Stop A2AD-ing!
By Mr. Ryan Haggard, DPS Research Intern On the 5th of September 2018, the Crown Prosecution Service of the British government charged two Russian nationals in absentia, with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, and use of the ‘Novichok’ nerve agent; for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former GRU double agent, and his daughter Yulia. … Continue reading Continued Denial: Novichok Attack in Salisbury