Italy’s new government, devoted to nursing the economy back to health and reliant on far-right populist parties, may be tempted to curtail the country’s active foreign military missions. It should resist this temptation, for such missions give Italy an international profile and standing that far outweighs the costs involved.
The recent execution of chemical attacks by Moscow, Damascus and Pyongyang for diverse purposes may not only suggest that the prohibitive power of international conventions is now fading away, but also signals the emergence of a new class of states who can deploy a credible chemical threat.
As India’s strategic links with the US expand, New Delhi will find it difficult to shield its fruitful military relations with Russia. In theory, India does not have to face a binary choice between allies, but in practice, may increasingly be faced with precisely this predicament.
Chemical weapons' usage in Syria clearly required an immediate and forceful response, but the handling of the aftermath of the targeted CW assassination attempt on Sergei and Yulia Skripal continues to pose a long-term challenge for the British government.
Increasing tension over Nord Stream II puts the spotlight on a West that still lacks unity or a clear policy towards Russia. The divisions over the project are adding to bitterness within the EU and the transatlantic relationship, and benefiting Moscow.