Will NATO Be Able to Restrain Russia?

Western Experts’ Conclusions and Suggestions     Victor Hvozd In the face of Russia’s aggressive foreign policy, the question of the USA and NATO’s ability to hold back its expansion is quite important. This refers, first of all, to the Russian military sphere, which is considered the source of the most critical threats to the world and European security, as well as directly to Ukraine’s one. The situation in this sphere was assessed (October, 2019), in particular, by the RAND Corporation in the report “Trends in Russia’s Armed Forces. An Overview of Budgets and Capabilities”. The document provides a comparative analysis of the military capabilities of Russia and the…

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Over The Abyss

Nuclear Confrontation in the World and the Place of Ukraine   Victor Hvozd Although the United States and Russia are ready to make some changes to their positions towards improvement, they are, in military terms, in a state of confrontation. Moreover, lately this confrontation has been reaching a new level. This concerns, first and foremost, the active expansion of their preparations for a possible nuclear war. Besides, the has been reshaping. The process began after relations between the West and Russia escalated as a result of Russian aggression against Ukraine, when both sides, in fact, followed the Cold War escalation between…

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“Center-2019” SCPE

Objectives, Scenario, Participants and Peculiarities of the exercise   Ivan Sichen   The role and place of “Center-2019” SCPE in the system of strategic exercises of the Russian Armed Forces The main result of the operational and combat training of the Russian Armed Forces for the year is the “West”, “Caucasus”, “Center”, and “East” Strategic Command and Post Exercises (SCPE), which are held in turn in each of the four military districts of the RF Armed Forces. Exercise scenarios are based on simulations of different variants of war and armed conflict between Russia and its adversaries, the main of which are: US/NATO — on North-Western (Baltic) and South-Western (Black Sea)…

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An Assessment of the Security Challenges in the Black Sea Region

The President of the “Borysfen Intel” Center Victor Hvozd took part in the workshop, organized in Bucharest   The New Strategy Center (Romania) and Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Ukraine) organized in Bucharest a new event dedicated to the security challenges in the Black Sea region. The debate focused on an assessment of the security situation of the Black Sea region and its possible evolution, from the perspective of both classic and emergent threats. The President of the Independent Analytical Center for Geopolitical Studies “Borysfen Intel” Center Victor Hvozd on  September 11th 2019 took part in the panel “An assessment of the security challenges in the…

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The Indian-Pakistani Conflict

A War Between Nuclear Powers and Its Consequences for the World   Victor Hvozd One of the notable consequences of the formation of a new multipolar world, taking place in recent years, is the actual violation of the whole system of international relations, which was formed after the end of the “Cold War”. In this regard, the most dangerous is the loss of effectiveness of nuclear arms control agreements, concluded between the USA and the USSR, and then — Russia. As we have already pointed out, the reason for that was the obtaining of such weapons by countries that are not…

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Thoughts on Hybrid Flirtation and Hybrid Alliance

Oleksiy Volovych The hybrid Russian-Israeli flirtation (or rather, the flirtation between Putin and Netanyahu) is perceived with great irritation in Damascus, Tehran and Ankara. Against this background, the coalition RF — TR — IRI looks hybrid, unstable, contradictory, and therefore — transient. It seems that in the political sense, for the Russian leadership, relations with Israel are more important than with Iran and Turkey.     The article is available in Ukrainian

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