It´s Time to Start Thinking and Writing About Thought-Provoking Things

  By LTC (US) Aaron Cornett, Lecturer Joint Planning and Execution The first full week of the Joint Command and General Staff Course at the Baltic Defence College featured an intriguing and thought-provoking guest speaker.  He gave the students and faculty a lot to think about, and perhaps the perfect start to an enduring dialogue.  … Continue reading It´s Time to Start Thinking and Writing About Thought-Provoking Things

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Tu Quoque in Russian Foreign and Military Policy: Venezuela as a Representative Case

(Photo Credits: Federico Parra—AFP/Getty Images By George Spencer Terry, Visiting Fellow, Baltic Defence College 29 April 2019 On 25 March, two Russian military planes landed in Caracas, sporting 100 troops and 35 metric tons of equipment.[1] While this materiel was justified as solely “cooperation” and “maintenance and training,” this gesture is symbolic in that it … Continue reading Tu Quoque in Russian Foreign and Military Policy: Venezuela as a Representative Case

The Chosŏn One? Trump, Kim, and the Rhetoric of Great Powers

(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

IS THERE A NEED FOR A EUROPEAN ARMY?

  (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?

Social Media as a Strategic Communications Tool: Questions

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

The time is out of joint: O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!

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!

Trident Juncture: Another show, but the message is much the same

(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

Is the Italian Participation to the Enhanced Forward Presence at Risk?

(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?

Cognitive Dominance training or controlling one’s environment through resilience: the Canadian Army concept

(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

The 2018 Riga Conference – Observations from an Outsider

(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