Crime-Terror Nexus Briefing Note

27. May 2017  |  Security and Defence, Central Europe
More than 18 months ago, a multinational terrorist cell attached to Islamic State (ISIS) staged a string of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. As it turned out later, many of the cell’s operatives had prior criminal records.

Good Neighbors Make Good Security: Coordinating EU Critical Infrastructure Protection Against Cyber Threats

By Philip Chertoff. Photo by Lars Kristian Flem|Flickr, licensed by CC BC-NY 2.0
26. May 2017  |  Security and Defence  |  Cyber

In October 2016, Meyer Werft Shipyard notified electricity provider, E.ON Netz, that the Norwegian Pearl, their newly-built cruise ship, would soon depart their factory and requested a disconnection of the Conneforde Diele 380 kV double line, so that the ship could pass upriver to the North Sea.[1] A mandatory procedure in cases where large ships, such as the Pe

Comprehensive NATO

By John R. Allen and Stefano Stefanini. Photo| NATO. 
22. May 2017  |  Security and Defence  |  Central Europe


If comprehensive means “including or dealing with all or nearly all elements or aspects of something”[1] and that something is the international security environment, the Atlantic Alliance choice is not whether or not, but to what extent, to be comprehensive.  

Integrated Deterrence: NATO's 'First Reset' Strategy

21. May 2017  |  Security and Defence

Deterrence is no mystery; it is a feature of many human activities, behaviours and relationships, ranging from the private matter of bringing up children, to society’s attempts to control crime.  At any level, and in any sector, deterrence is a promise to impose a cost on a given action in order that the potential perpetrator is convinced that any perceived benefits of the action will be outweighed by the costs incurred, and will thus choose not to act as planned or threatened. 

Ten Messages for Affording and Equipping the Adapted Alliance

1. May 2017  |  Security and Defence

The GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Project is clear; NATO suffers from inadequate and unbalanced defence capabilities and capacities, particularly amongst the European allies, which have to cover too great a range of missions and tasks, at too high a level of cost, with too few assets. Like all change, Adaptation costs money, demands compromise, and in the right circumstances, promotes innovation.

Reanimating NATO’s Warfighting Mindset: Eight Steps to Increase the Alliance’s Political-Military Agility

1. May 2017  |  Security and Defence

The accelerating pace of events stands among the most challenging security dynamics confronting the NATO Alliance. Often called the “speed of war,” it is a product and driver of a threat environment that today features a complex mix of great power confrontation, failed states, violent extremist groups, and the profusion of new technologies leveraged by adversaries, great and small.

The Military Adaptation of the Alliance

By Karl-Heinz Kamp and Wolf Langheld.
30. Mar 2017  |  Security and Defence

Through the longer term Adaptation Measures of the Readiness Action Plan, we have...Enhanced the NATO Response Force (NRF), increasing its readiness and substantially enlarging its size, making it a more capable and exible joint force comprised of a division-size land element with air, maritime, and special operations forces components.

The Warsaw Summit Communique, 8-9 July 2018


One NATO: The Political Adaptation of the Alliance

23. Mar 2017  |  Security and Defence

In light of the changed and evolving security environment, further adaptation is needed. Therefore, we have decided to further strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence posture”.   

Alexander Vershbow

The Warsaw Summit Communique, 8-9 July 2018

NATO-Serbia Relations: Still Defining the Modus Vivendi

By Tomáš Nagy and Ján Cingeľ. Photo|Flickr: nofrills, licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0

Serbia´s relations with the Alliance has been for decades considered to be one of the most delicate within the Transatlantic region. Despite numerous signs of positive progress, these relations will continue to be plagued by the complex weight of history. However, the best approach to this challenge is a combination of pragmatic engagement and realistic ambition, which has been the practice in recent years.

The necessity of nurturing rational defence relations