Today, Friday 24 August, Ukraine holds its fifth Independence Day parade since the Maidan revolution. Five years on, the country still holds a unique position as a key geopolitical challenge for many alliances and governments around the world.
Increased Russian naval activities in the North Atlantic have refocused Western military attention on Iceland’s geostrategic importance. But even if the US has resumed irregular Cold War-style maritime and anti-submarine patrols from Iceland, there are no plans to reopen the American military base on the island.
By 2008, it was clear that Britain had got Basra wrong. Ten years on from the invasion, an insider provides a first-hand account of what the mistakes were, and what can be learnt for future operations.