To face them, we need new definitions of security and a global approach. COVID-19 is not a black swan. For years, foresight experts have been warning about the potential emergence of a pandemic, while public health experts have been calling the attention of the international community to the dangerous security impact of global outbreaks. The novel coronavirus is, however, a canary in the coal mine. The pandemic is the harbinger of a security landscape marked by the rise of non-traditional security threats. These challenges will act as threat multipliers, further exacerbating existing security dilemmas and the complexity of the 2020s. COVID-19 is the template for what lies ahead, that is, unless we take action. The sooner we understand the fundamental transformation ahead of us, the sooner we can adapt our concepts and institutions to guarantee the safety of people, states, and

Караганов настойчиво продолжает продвигать свою идею. Она сводится к следующему: не снижая наступательности российской внешней политики (т.е. настойчиво везде ставить памятники маршалу Коневу): а) перейти к риторике миротворчества и выступить мировым лидером политики мира, б) взять на вооружение прогрессивные идеи “зеленой экономики”, в) выступить инициатором нового всемирного движения стран “не-Запада”, т.е. поскольку мир опять тал “двуполярным” (США-Китай), конструировать некий аналог “движения неприсоединения”. Это все, конечно, бред. Но он важен как “симптом” того, что весь пул внешнеполитических экспертов, в том числе и “ястребов” понимает, что все зашло “не туда” и надо как-то – если и не разворачивать лодку, -то хотя бы сменить на ней музыку. source: rusmonitor

Staunton, May 11 – The collapse in the ratings of Vladimir Putin and other members of the Russian regime compels them to seek a new “short victorious war,” the only means they believe they have to shore up their power, Leonid Gozman head of the Union of Right Forces, says. And this time it may against a domestic opponent. The way in which Putin sought to piggyback on the victory of the Soviet people in World War II during the latest anniversary shows just how important wars remain as a legitimating principle for the current Kremlin leader, the opposition politician says (gordonua.com/blogs/gozman/vlastyam-rf-kak-vozduh-nuzhna-novaya-pobedonosnaya-voyna-tolko-tak-oni-mogut-uderzhatsya-i-oni-ee-aktivno-ishchut-1499294.html). There is no obvious “second Crimea,” and that hasn’t worked out all that well for the Kremlin either, Gozman continues. The powers that be “don’t want a world war,”

Although the Russian armed forces have been mobilised to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, troops have not stopped intensive training, a Polish foreign affairs analyst has said. Russian troops are also conducting operations in Syria, Armenia and Tajikistan, Anna Maria Dyner said in an analysis published by a Polish think tank. This shows that the army is an important tool in Russian internal and foreign policy, Dyner said, adding that the significant mobilisation potential of the Russian armed forces will be an important challenge for NATO countries. In March and April, despite the spreading pandemic and involvement of part of the army in combating its effects, Russian military exercises were not cancelled, according to Dyner, who is an analyst with the Warsaw-based Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), a leading Central European think tank. Exercises took place mainly in the west of Russia, despite

Profesorul Dorin Popescu (Universitatea Andrei Șaguna din Constanța) explică, pe Facebook, importanța covârșitoare, frumusețea și simbolistica Podurilor de Flori peste Prut, acestea reprezentând, nici mai mult, nici mai puțin, un veritabil Proiect de Țară al românilor din Basarabia. Profesorul avertizează însă că acest Proiect nu a fost înțeles de clasa politică de la București care nu a avut niciodată un proiect pentru românii de dincolo de Prut în ultimii 30 de ani, dincolo de retorica ieftină a micilor ei împărați de carton. Situația din Basarabia reprezintă, dincolo de mancurtizarea elitei de la Chișinău și a miopiei partenerilor externi, eșecul diplomației și guvernărilor de la București. Vă prezentăm, în integralitate, explicațiile și concluziile profesorului Dorin Popescu: ”BASARABIA – PROIECT EȘUAT! 30 de ani de la Podul de Flori Se împlinesc astăzi 30 de ani de la Podul de Flori din 6 mai 1990. Podurile de Flori

We don’t mean Pentagon-style “innovation.” We mean like the chefs on the reality show “Chopped.” The COVID-19 pandemic is still in its opening phases, but the disease and responses to it are already taking a disproportionate bite out of military innovation. While ship, aircraft, and vehicle construction continue, the U.S. military’s efforts to develop new technologies and tactics are slowing in the wake of cancelled exercises, postponed experiments, and idled laboratories. And when R&D can resume, the money needed to sustain it could instead be diverted to economic recovery. Although competitors like China or Russia may suffer similar drag, they were already ahead in some technologies, like hypersonic weapons, and have “home field” advantages that reduce their reliance on others, like autonomous systems. To sustain or regain its edge, the U.S. military will need to use its existing tools to create complex

Criticism of China’s virus response does not equal support for Trump COVID-19 sets a stage for biological warfare Will Australia’s great COVID-19 experiment work? China deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak in an “assault on international transparency’’ that cost tens of thousands of lives, according to a dossier prepared by concerned Western governments on the COVID-19 contagion. The 15-page research document, obtained by The Saturday Telegraph, lays the foundation for the case of negligence being mounted against China. It states that to the “endangerment of other countries” the Chinese government covered-up news of the virus by silencing or “disappearing” doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence of it in laboratories and refusing to provide live samples to international

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