NATO Will Suffer as Allies Quarrel in the Eastern Mediterranean

The credibility of NATO’s deterrence posture rests heavily on the solidarity and cohesion of the Allies. A potential adversary is more likely to refrain from aggression if he believes—as Article 5 of the Washington Treaty states—that the Allies will indeed consider an armed attack against one or more of them to be an attack against them all.

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Syria is Getting Hotter

On December 11th 2017, five days after he announced his expected intention to run for the fourth time for Russia’s presidency, Vladimir Putin visited Hmeimim air base, met Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and declared that Russia’s military mission in Syria had been “accomplished.”

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The Dutch-Turkish Row: Can It Be Solved?

If you want to make an argument pointless, call your opponent a ‘Nazi’. That is exactly what happened between the Netherlands and Turkey recently, when the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the Dutch ‘Nazi remnants’. Before Erdoğan’s furious statement, the Dutch authorities had already denied entry to Rotterdam to both Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and families minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya. Çavuşoğlu had threatened the Dutch with sanctions—which constituted a red line for Mark Rutte’s government.

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