This issue of Newsbrief includes articles on the migration of Daesh's leaders to Afghanistan, the 2018 NATO Summit being held in Brussels in July, what to expect in Ukrainian politics over the next twelve months, and Bulgaria's approach to the standoff between Russia and the West.
Never known for being a predictable place, the next year in Ukrainian politics will be coloured by the continuing war in the Donbas, the 2019 elections, attempts at reforming a deeply corrupted society and advancing the country’s NATO aspirations.NATO, National Security, Organised Crime
For all intents and purposes, Daesh has been defeated in Iraq and Syria, but key leaders and administrators of the short-lived Islamic State will not simply vanish from the global jihadist environment. They have their eyes set on Afghanistan, and intend to give the Taliban a run for their money.Counterinsurgency, Al-Qa'ida, Terrorism
The revived Russian threat brings NATO back to its roots at this year’s summit in Brussels, which might be the most important in the Alliance’s recent history.NATO
Holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU for the first half of 2018, Bulgaria hopes to further its role as a diplomatic conduit between Russia and the West. But is this small country, heavily reliant on both parties, capable of mending strained relations?European Union