Future prospects for EU – Chinese cooperation on cybersecurity Răspunde

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The world today is obviously threatened by different actors than it used to be 60 years ago. Globalization, information technology developments, and the growing importance given to the “free”, “non-regulated” internet are shifting governments’ focus from traditional threats such as military concerns towards something else; wars can now be fought online, and extremely sensitive information can be accessed by highly-skilled, well-motivated private individuals while they are having their breakfast on the other side of the world.

In the current context, there is a push for more regulation of the virtual world, while cyberterrorism has become quite the usual topic in the media. A very popular example can be given by the revelations made by Edward Snowden, a former US government contractor who released a series of documents containing extremely sensitive information regarding secret surveillance activities conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). Snowden was forced to flee the country and, after moving from Hawaii to Hong-Kong and then Russia, his whereabouts remain to this day unclear; Snowden became in the process, one of the most well-known people in the world.


The blue-print of the future NATO strategic concept: future missions and capabilities Răspunde

I continue the presentation and analysis of the experts’ report on the future NATO strategic concept, an endeavor which I have began in May, with the section dedicated to the future missions and military affairs. The final section of the experts’ report deals with NATO’s future missions and the development of future military capabilities required to fulfill them.  Section five of the report provides an analysis of the current needs and capabilities and makes recommendations on what missions and capabilities should be provided in the future strategic concept of the Alliance.


The blue-print of the future NATO Strategic Concept: Some comments and views 2

NATO has released last week a report containing the outline of the future NATO Strategic Concept that will be adopted at the Alliance summit this year in Lisbon. Although this is not even a draft of the new Strategic Concept, it is a blue print that offers a glimpse of NATO’s strategic thinking. Following its publication  consultations and heated negotiations between member states will follow in order to draft the NATO’s new Strategic Concept. This article is first in a series dedicated to analyzing the outline of the Alliance’s future strategy. In this part I will summarize and analyze the chapters dedicated to the threat environment, core tasks of NATO and partnerships.