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Finnish Defense Ministry Confers with European and US Defense Officials

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Finland’s Defense Minister, Jussi Niinistö, attended an informal meeting of European Defense Ministers in Luxembourg last week , from September 2-3, 2015. The meeting was mainly a defense-related follow-up to matters emergent from a European Council discussion held last June, current defense matters and preparation for the upcoming (defense) Foreign Affairs Council meeting to be held at the ministerial level in November. It is anticipated the EUNAVFOR MED mission will be a major part the operational agenda. The mission, launched in June, is intended to address the current situation in the Mediterranean and mainly aims at preventing human smuggling in accordance with international law. The annual Finnish/US bilateral defense meeting was held in Helsinki on September 1 and 2. The meeting was hosted by Director General, Jukka Juusti of the Read more

Are Russia and NATO Preparing for WAR?

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer As Russia’s military exercises and maneuvers in the Baltic, Atlantic and Pacific (vis-à-vis NATO nations and other allies) have assumed a more aggressive and less cautious posture over the last two years, legitimate geostrategic questions arise: 1) Is this a classic geopolitical tactic to reassert regional dominance over former Soviet Republics (now independent states in Europe and Asia) and/or implementation a psycho-political control mechanism over the Russian people to minimize domestic dissent through creation of international tensions? 2) Given increasing bipolar force levels in closer proximity and emergent international tensions, can a serious untended conflict arise and get out of control? 3) “Are Russia and NATO actually preparing for war?” A recent article in the Daily Telegraph suggests the latter, according to a report Read more