Nikolai Korchunov

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As the Syrian crisis continues, we hear more and more direct calls to arm the rebels. The idea is clear — the more weapons the opposition forces have the sooner the Syrian government will fall. These self-styled “Friends of Syria” seem to have already decided that this idea will be good for the country, regardless of the opinions of Syrians themselves.

Those who call for sending more weapons to the rebels must know that such actions will inevitably lead to a further escalation of the conflict and to new deaths. This reminds one of an old and dubious saying, “the worse, the better.”…  Seguir leyendo »

At its summit meeting in Chicago, NATO declared that its ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in Europe had achieved an “interim capability,” despite numerous unanswered questions about its command and control, technological maturity, the role of European industry, consequences of engagement, etc.

Even if we leave these important but somewhat technical issues aside, major conceptual problems still have not been adequately resolved. How will the system that is supposed to strengthen the security of the alliance strengthen security in Europe in general? How does the system contribute to fostering security for all, rather than ensuring the security of one at the expense of others?…  Seguir leyendo »