As Lenin once quipped at a key turning moment in his revolution, chto delat? (What is to be done?). That is precisely the question facing the UK after the attempted assassination in Salisbury of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
The language of deterrence was once more at the centre of policy discussion at the recent 2018 Munich Security Conference in February. Whether US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s talk on tailored deterrence, or British Prime Minister Theresa May’s references to modern deterrence, there appears to be an acceptance that the current posture, presence and profile of Western states against Russia (...
The ongoing Combat Air Strategy under development within the Ministry of Defence faces a difficult choice, with significant capability, industrial and geopolitical cost trade-offs involved. The F-35 is at the centre of this dilemma.
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?