Policy

‘No Way to Say’ When Turkey Will Release Hold on Sweden, Finland, Says NATO’s Stoltenberg

With Madrid deadline looming, “the progress is maybe just the fact that we have open lines” of communication, Finland’s president said.

Policy

In Asia, Defense Ministers Issue New Warnings to China

“Ukraine today may be East Asia tomorrow,” Japan’s prime minister said at this year’s feistier-than-usual Shangri-La Dialogue.

Ideas

Sweden’s NATO Bid Is in Trouble

Domestic politics have elevated a Kurdish parliamentarian, and that worsens Stockholm’s Turkey woes.

Threats

What the West Has Given Is Not Enough to Win, Ukraine Says

Central and Eastern European defense ministers say limited arms packages will not defeat Russia in the Donbas or deter invasion elsewhere.

Policy

NATO’s Next Strategic Concept Will Add China’s Threats, US Ambassador Says

The document is to be unveiled at next month’s summit, where Russia and potential members will also be on the agenda.

Threats

Finland, Sweden Would Contribute Militarily to NATO on ‘Day One,’ General Says

Alliance applicants would bring expertise in deterring Russia and advanced naval capabilities in the Baltic Sea.

Ideas

NATO Must Contest Russian Moves in Its Southern Underbelly

Putin sees the east and south as key to pushing back the Western alliance’s influence.

Ideas

Defense One Radio, Ep. 101: NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana

Defense One's Patrick Tucker discusses innovation in NATO with the alliance's #2 official.

Ideas

Nuclear vs. Conventional Spending? We Don’t Have that Luxury

The call to boost one at the expense of the other is wrong.

Threats

Pentagon May Give Sweden, Finland More Security Aid

Russia has issued vague threats over the countries' applications to join the alliance.

Ideas

A Swedish Compromise Won’t Solve NATO’s Turkey Problem

As two Nordic nations bid to join, Erdogan’s hostage-taking should force the alliance to reckon with a member that is increasingly a security risk.

Policy

Sweden and Finland’s NATO Membership Coming ‘As Soon as Possible,’ Deputy Secretary General Says

NATO leaders also are expected to bolster the alliance’s eastern flank with new plans at next month’s Madrid summit.

Ideas

Stop Making a Big Deal of NATO’s Next Members

Moscow wants to pretend that admitting Sweden and Finland would represent a far larger military change than it actually is.

Ideas

The UN Must Do More for Ukraine—and Itself

Russia’s invasion of a sovereign state is also an attack on the basic principle the international body was founded to prevent.

Ideas

Sweden, Finland Gave Up Neutrality a Long Time Ago

Their collective-defense rights as EU members suggest a way forward for Ukraine.

Threats

US Looks to Shift Ukraine from Soviet to NATO Weapons

“It would just be easier if we were using similar systems,” said one expert, as U.S. officials mull long–term efforts to resupply Ukraine’s arsenal.

Policy

NATO Membership for Sweden Would Be ‘A Small Step For The Military, But A Giant Leap For The Political System’

It would be just a “technical step” for the militaries to formally join, a Swedish military official said.

Ideas

Defense One Radio, Ep. 98: Arming Ukraine and ‘The Return of Conquest?’

Defense One's Marcus Weisgerber discusses the multi-national effort to arm Ukraine, and Tanisha Fazal shares her concerns about international norms, Putin's legacy, and a possible return to an age of conquest.

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