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Authoritarian Trends in NATO Member States Undermine the Alliance’s Already Fragile Legitimacy

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By James Krotz For months now, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been embroiled in a resurgent geopolitical conflict with Russia over events in Ukraine.  Beginning in March, when Russian-speaking separatists in the Crimea region of Ukraine voted in referendum to join the Russian Federation, NATO and Western leaders called the referendum “a breach […]

Amid Crumbling Ruble, Russian Armed Forces Remain Ready

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By James Krotz From Murmansk in the north to Crimea in the south, Russian army, navy and air forces remain on alert along Russia’s western border, despite the 50% drop in the value of the ruble in recent weeks.  Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is under intense pressure due to the state of the Russian […]

Russian Air Force “Unusually Active” According to Polish Defense Minister

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By James Krotz According to Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak, the level of Russian naval and air force activity has been “unprecedented” in the past week.  Indeed, over the past 9 months, NATO-Russian aerial close-calls have reached high levels.  40 incidents, with 11 of those being categorized as “high risk”, capable of bringing about escalation of […]

Hollywood Huckster Appointed Ambassador to Hungary

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By James Krotz On Tuesday, the United States Senate confirmed “The Bold and the Beautiful” producer and Democratic fundraiser Colleen Bell to the post of United States Ambassador to Hungary.  The vote was passed by a slim margin along partisan lines, 52-42.  The White House has expressed complete confidence in Bell’s ability to maintain relations […]

Czech President Pelted with Putrid Eggs

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By James Krotz President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic, the notably pro-Russian leader of the Czech government, came under fire in a speech today commemorating the 25 year anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that split the Czech Republic and Slovakia peacefully into two sovereign nations; literally.  Protesters who gathered to watch his speech commemorating […]

Will The “Republican Wave” Crash Over European Defense Spending?

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By James Krotz It is no secret that the Republican Party, which, after Tuesday’s election, now controls both houses of Congress in numbers not seen since the Second World War, is decidedly more hawkish than its Democratic counterpart.  Republicans, moderate and Tea Party alike, believe in a strong, well-funded military, able to project American power […]

Swedish Submarine Search Signals Sub Par Stockholm Capabilities

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By James Krotz For over a week, the Royal Swedish Navy and Air Force have been frantically looking for a suspected Russian submarine in Ingaro Bay, the main port approach to the wharves of Stockholm.  On Thursday, the search was finally called off, ending the largest Swedish naval operation since the end of the Cold […]

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