Slovakia’s new defence plans deserve greater European attention because they are a good example of how NATO members are adapting to changed strategic circumstances, and how much they still need to accomplish.
The world faces unprecedented crises, with mounting global debt, the possibility of man-made pandemics and mass migration all likely to hit soon. Is President Trump able or indeed willing to deal with the issues?
The less-than-convincing victory of Vladimir Putin in the Russian presidential election suggests a presidency that may be a little more liberal and a little less authoritarian. But Putin is unlikely to change his tune as he delivers on his election promise: that Russia must be feared.
Pessimists warn that a nuclear Iran cannot be safely contained. But these risks - irrational behaviour, nuclear safety, and further proliferation - need to be dispassionately assessed and put into context.
If the majority of parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty agree that it is the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime and is successful in combating the proliferation of WMD, the security interests of one – or a few – Nuclear Weapons States should not be allowed to preside over the security concerns of allies, other countries or the rest of the world.