NATO Concerned About Russia’s Nuclear Intentions And Must Change To Meet The Challenge

NATO Needs To Update Its Nuclear Strategy
In a speech delivered in Washington, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern about Russia’s decision to expand flights of nuclear bombers increase in nuclear flights by Russian.

In particular, he said that Putin’s plans to send nuclear-capable missiles to Poland’s border, as well as its threat to  move nuclear forces in Crimea would “fundamentally change the balance of security in Europe.”

“Russia has also significantly increased the scale, number and range of pro-active flights by nuclear-capable bombers across much of the globe,” Stoltenberg added.

As Russia has been practicing its ability to use its nuclear weapons against, such as simulating military exercises near the Polish border, NATO “has spent the past 20 years largely relegating nuclear planning to the basement,” argues Elbridge Colby in The Wall Street Journal.

“This is fortunate because the Russian nuclear threat demands a serious strategy in response. Moscow’s nuclear challenge doesn’t derive so much from the threat of an apocalyptic strike leading to mass destruction, the kind of scenario people associate with the Cold War. Rather, the real peril comes from Russia using strategic arms to decisive effect in a limited conflict with NATO,” Colby, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, writes.

Living As An Academic Under ISIS
The destruction by ISIS of historic sites and antiquities is well-known, the Council of Higher Education interviewed several academics about the impact of ISIS’ rule on their lives.

According to one individual interviewed, ISIS has “destroyed the infrastructures of the university and higher education in Al-Anbar” and because their books and research papers have been destroyed, and their homes and transport has been stolen, “the academic year 2014 was lost and many students were not able to finish their studies. All research projects were stopped and most lost forever. This took us back perhaps 10 years.”

Former Prime Minister Resigns As Peace Envoy
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced his resignation from his post as Quartet Middle East peace envoy after eight years in the role. Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding said Blair had lost the confidence of the Palestinians, while a source close to the former prime minister contended he was frustrated and believed a new approach to peace talks was needed.

 

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